Review: Sino-German Orthopedics Academic Communication at the First TCM Hospital in South China (II)

2019-11-13 14:26:38 Guangzhou Gloryren Orthopedics Technology Co., Ltd 323

In 2003, Christoph J. Siepe who was keen on minimally invasive spine surgery filled with enthusiasm and talents, left was recommended toSchoen Clinic Munich Harlaching by Michael Mayer from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.


Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching

Prof. Siepe excels in doing open surgeries in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, minimally invasive surgeries, anterior and posterior approaches in the cervical/ thoracic/ lumbar spine, cervical fusion and lumbar disc replacement and lumbar spine, spinal navigation, microsurgery, etc.

The contents of the academic communication in Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM include outpatient clinic, ward rounds, surgical guidance, procedure, conduct training for the team, discussion on the management of the department, complicated case discussions and open classes, etc.

Expert Introduction


Prof. Dr. med. Christoph J. Siepe

Head of Department of Spine Surgery, Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching


-Member of International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) in 2011

-President of EUROSPINE in 2013

-President of German Spine Society (´Deutsche Wirbelsäulengesellschaft´, DWG) in 2017 and 2018

-Visiting Professor in Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM since 2018

Reviewer for scientific journals:

-Spine (Phila Pa 1976)

-American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

-European Spine Journal and others

Researches/ Awards:

-09.05.2008 Outstanding Presentation Award of the Spine Arthroplasty Society, SAS 8, “Analysis of postoperative pain patterns following total lumbar disc replacement” Miami, Fl, USA, 06.-09 May 2008

-07.06.2014 ISSLS Price Winner 2014 for  ́Best Overall Presentation ́

Siepe CJ, Wiechert K, Heider F, Mehren C, Korge A, Mayer HM

Long-Term Results of Total Lumbar Disc Replacement: A prospective analysis with 5- 10 year follow-up.

Presented at Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS).

Seoul, South Korea, 04.06.-07.06.2014

Welcome Ceremony

On the morning of March 25th , Prof. Siepe came to the Orthopedics Department of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM to work as a visiting professor for one week.


Vice-President Jun Liu, Director Bolai Chen, Deputy Director Yongjin Li, etc. held a welcome ceremony for Prof. Siepe.

After the welcome ceremony, they introduced their hospitals and departments in detail.


Prof. Siepe told us that Schoen Clinic has been built for 105 years, and is one of the top orthopedic hospitals in the world.

Michael Mayer is the Former President of Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching and Spine Research Institute of Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching. Schoen Clinic contains 19 branches, including 17 orthopedic hospitals which are located in different cities in Germany with beautiful scenery and two integration hospitals which are located in Britain and Spain respectively.

Michael Mayer is a great master on minimally invasive spine surgery in the world. He has done surgeries for many presidents and kings including Mikhail Gorbachev, Hosini Mubarak, Saudi King Abdullah, etc. Under his leading, Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching is a famous hospital in Germany, even in the world.

At present, Spine Research Institute of Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching has been one of the top spine institutes under 21-year leading of Michael Mayer.

Ward Rounds & Complicated Cases Discussion

On the morning of March 26th , Director Bolai Chen took Prof. Siepe to walk around the wards, to discuss complicated cases and to make detailed plans for patients.


Prof. Siepe and Director Chen’s Team




Complicated Case Discussions

There was a 68-year-old patient who had an OLIF surgery operated by Director Chen and Prof. Siepe.

This patient was an English teacher, having lived in America for four years and spoke English so fluently that he could communicate with Prof. Siepe without barrier in the ward. He told us that he had no worry about his surgery because it would be done by two orthopedic experts from China and Germany.


Prof. Siepe was communicating with the patient.

OLIF Surgery Bby Sino-German Experts

After ward rounds, from 9:30a.m to 5:00p.m, Prof. Siepe stayed at the operation rooms of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM,during which he finished two surgeries.


Prof. Siepe and Director Chen

The First surgery was discectomy in cervical spine, done by doctors from Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM with guidance by Prof. Siepe. The second surgery was an OLIF surgery done by Director Chen and Prof. Siepe.


Surgical Spots



OLIF was invented by Prof. Michael Mayer in 1997. Until now, doctors do OLIF surgery with a series of standard process which was set by Prof. Michael Mayer. OLIF surgery needs some skills. OLIF has a lot of advantages such as reducing operation injuries and bleeding, shortening the time of procedure, hospital stay and recovery.


Prof. Michael Mayer is not only the inventor of OLIF, but also an expert who can perform OLIF to the greatest level.


Oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF) is a kind of operation skill that makes use of the gap between ventral aorta in peritoneum and psoas major. Compared with XLIF and DLIF, OLIF can protect psoas major and lumber plexus better, effectively reducing paralysis, pain and strange feeling after operation so that it is popular in recent years.


Prof. Siepe and Nurses

On the first day, Prof. Siepe only sleep in two hours for jet lag. During the first busy day, Prof. Siepe could still hold a rigorous attitude to his work, showing respect and patience to patients.

The First Time to Experience Traditional Chinese Medicine

On the morning of March 27th, Director Chen took Prof. Siepe to walk around the wards to see the patient who had had the OLIF surgery by them.



The operation was very successful and the patient recovered very well on the first day after surgery.

He was very grateful to Prof. Siepe and Director Chen. By noon, the patient could already leave the bed and walk.

Then Prof. Siepe went to the outpatient clinic to experience acupuncture, cupping, Chinese massage and other traditional Chinese medicine therapy.

Prof. Seipe showed that he could accept traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). After trying the traditional Chinese medicine, Prof. Siepe decided to bring moxa sticks to his family because moxibustion was easy to use and very convenient to carry.



Special training showed the German style thoroughly

On March 28th, Prof. Siepe offered special training for two departments of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM.


Prof. Siepe worked hard and carefully and he started preparing the special training as soon as he got into the car.

At 7:15am, Prof. Siepe arrived at the Spine Department of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM punctually. In order to study the international advanced knowledge of minimally invasive spine surgery, doctors from different branches of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM attended in the training, occupying all seats there.


Training scene

Prof. Siepe analyzed and explained the surgical standard procedure, the key technical difficulties of the operation and so on in a specific, vivid way and humorous language, sharing the years of experience and methods from minimally invasive spine work with the participants.





March 28th , 2019

All the doctors who participated in the training think that the courseware prepared by Prof. Siepe was very comprehensive and he has high teaching enthusiasm but also patient and meticulous. Everyone involved in the discussion and the classroom atmosphere was very active. They also showed that they had learned a lot about the minimally invasive spine techniques through this zero distance training with the international spine expert.


The departmental training aimed to impart more advanced treatment concepts, further promote the development of minimally invasive spine techniques, improve clinical skills of minimally invasive spine surgeons and promote academic exchanges.

After the training, Prof. Siepe observed a cervical posyerior decompression operation done by a doctor of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM.


Prof. Siepe and Nurses

Ward Rounds and Outpatient Clinic

After the operation, Prof. Siepe and Director Chen went to the ward of spine division to see the patient who had had the OLIF surgery by them. The patient recovered well and showed that he didn’t feel any pain in his surgical site.

Since the surgery was completed, Prof. Siepe had been very responsible and would see the patient twice a day.


From 2:30pm to 6:30pm, Prof. Siepe and Director Bolai Chen were both present at outpatient consultation.

After knowing that the internationally renowned spine expert Prof. Siepe came to the Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM, many admiring patients came here.




The 8th Lingnan Spinal Minimally Invasive Innovation Forum

From March 29th to March 30th, the 8th Lingnan Spinal minimally invasive innovation forum was convened successfully. It was sponsored by the Spinal Disease Committee of Guangdong Provincial Association of Chinese Medicine Society,Spinal Pain and Endoscopy Technical Committee of Guangdong Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopedic Committee of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Society, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Committee of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Society and Lingnan Orthopedic Medical Alliance,undertaken by Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM( The Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine).


The conference mainly focused on the heated and innovative topics such as spine endoscopy technique, microscopy technique, artificial intelligence assistive technique and so on. More than 600 orthopedic experts and scholars at home and abroad were invited to discuss the issues and communicate in depth. It is reported that over 50,000 people watched the online live broadcast of the conference.


The opening ceremony was presided over by Prof. Bolai Chen, the Executive President and professor of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM. In his address, he pointed out that the theme of the conference was innovation which was the first driving force for the development of the medical industry.

Prof. Chen said that the team of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM will meet the expectations of the national orthopedic colleagues and try to make the Lingnan Spinal Minimally Invasive Forum a platform for academic exchanges, witnessing the glorious era of spine surgery.

Opening ceremony of “ Sino-German Spine Exchange Center”

In order to promote the international communication and develop the Sino-German minimally invasive spine industry, the plaque of the world’s first Sino-German Spine Exchange Center in Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM was officially unveiled, which established a platform for Sino-German spinal communication to enhance advanced ideas and cooperation.


President Yubo Lv, President Dacan Chen, Deputy President Jun Liu and Director Dingkun Lin of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM unveiled the plaque for “Sino-German Spine Exchange Center” with Prof. Christoph J. Siepe and Prof. Daniel J. Rosenthal.

Exchanges between China and foreign countries lead the new technology of minimally spine surgery

As the concept of minimally invasive surgery is more and more popular, the exchanges of experience between doctors at home and abroad are also increasing.

Because of the 8th Lingnan Spinal Minimally Invasive Innovation Forum,well-known experts of minimally invasive spine surgery at home and abroad shared precious clinical experience to the participants and they all said that they had learned a lot.


Prof. Christoph J. Siepe gave a talk

Prof. Christoph J. Siepe explained the key point and clinical effect of Spinal lumbosacral sacral anterior fusion surgery. Through sharing the specific operation cases, he pointed out that simple anterior decompression and fusion in the lumbosacral segment of the spine can have a good effect on severe lumbar spondylolisthesis, degenerative scoliosis and other degenerative spinal diseases.

Christoph J. Siepe talked about the feelings of academic exchanges in Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM.

He said that he was amazed to see such a modern and general TCM hospital which had advanced techniques in minimally invasive spine surgery and its minimally invasive techniques in spine had already reached the advanced international standard.


During the exchanges, he experienced the unique effect of traditional Chinese medicine such as cupping, massage, acupuncture and so on. After that, he had a strong interest in the integration of Chinese and Western medicine. He hoped that the mutual exchanges can be enhanced in the future, benefiting the patients with osteopathia in both countries.

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