AO Spine Introduction level course on Endoscopy


December 8-11, 2019


Christoph Hofstetter, Seattle, United States

Educational Advisor

Jin Sung Kim, Seoul, South Korea

Supporting Faculty Members

Adad Baranto, Gothenburg, Sweden

Arun Bhanot, Gurugram, India

Nathaniel Brooks, Madison, United States of America

Javier Quillo-Olvera, Mexico

Jiang Yi, Beijing, China


In this course we will introduce and train the participants on endoscopy techniques providing an in-depth hands on training incl. small group practicals on endoscopy trainers, case discussions, lectures and debates (the good-the bad-the ugly session).

Why you should attend this course and how it could benefit your daily practice?

Full-endoscopic spine surgery is a rapidly emerging evolution of minimally invasive spine surgery. As the chairperson of the Principles Endoscopy Course at AO Spine Davos Courses 2019, I strongly recommend this course because it will give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the basic foundations of fullendoscopic surgical technique. Importantly, this course will provide you with the necessary underlying principles, step-by-step surgical protocols both in theory and praxis to start your journey into this new exciting field.

What this course offers

This three-day course is designed for spine surgeons who are new to the field of full-endoscopic spine surgery. The course will cover basic transforaminal and lumbar approaches to the lumbar spine. All participants will have the opportunity to discuss indications and cases amenable to  treatment with full-endoscopic spine surgery with leading international endoscopic spine surgeons. Necessary equipment, OR setup, basic surgical tasks and workhorse basic approaches will be discussed in lectures and then practiced hands-on with cutting edge simulators. This teaching  module offered by the AO Spine will enable spine surgeons to start integrating basic full-endoscopic techniques into their practice.

Learning objectives

After attending this course, participants will be able to:
• Handle an endoscope and necessary tools
• Perform basic endoscopic tasks
• Identify spinal pathologies that are suited for your first cases
• Describe how to perform the procedural steps of basic endoscopic procedures
• Discuss intraoperative safety, risk avoidance strategies and complications management
• Explain how to select the optimal endoscopic approach corridor for treatment of specific
• Describe the current clinical evidence for full-endoscopic spine procedures

Course Program

Please find the course program under the following link:

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Please register through the following link: Registration

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