From April 4-6, 2013, more than 1,000 surgeons, researchers and industry professionals gathered in Hong Kong to share their ideas with a truly international audience, debating current trends in spine surgery and exploring future innovations. The congress offered a unique academic platform to spine surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and researchers, with the aim to educate, stimulate debate, and advance knowledge in the field of spine care.
With more than ten symposia and over fifty sessions, the scientific program presented a highly educational program, showcasing the very latest practices, emerging technologies, and evidence-based solutions of spine care. Highlights of the event included:
Pre-course event: Fundamentals in spinal deformity care, April 3, 2013: The pre-course “Fundamentals in spinal deformity care” offered an opportunity to interact with some of the best spine experts, such as Larry Lenke, Manabu Ito, Kenneth Cheung, and many more.
Spine society symposia: Three symposia were hosted by different spine societies and delegates from Asia Pacific on topics relevant to their society’s or country’s goals: The Chinese Orthopedic Association (COA) discussed complex surgical procedures for deformities and tumors. ASSI, the Association of Spine Surgeons of India, provided an update on the treatment of spinal infections, and a group of Japanese experts presented their thoughts on the treatment of osteoporotic fractures. A Korean team of key opinion leaders presented a series of complex studies and outcomes.
E-poster presentations during the coffee breaks: The best rated e-posters were presented in three-minute talks, followed by a discussion. These sessions were very popular amongst delegates and some of them concluded with lively discussion.
AOSpine would like to thank the entire faculty, the sponsors and exhibitors, and event staff for their incredible efforts, which resulted in making the congress such as success. We would also like to express a special thank you to the Co-Chairpersons Jeffrey Wang and German Ochoa for their leadership in the organization of the congress.