On November 11th, The Sino-German Spine Surgery Webinar of the fifth East Lake Orthopaedics Forum kicked off in Hubei 672 Orthopaedics Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine. First of all, we would like to express heartfelt thankfulness to President Li Xugui for his great support to this conference and his deep concern for the development of spine surgery.
Prof. Mayer, the world-renowned minimally invasive spine expert and the developer of OLIF technique, was invited to deliver a speech titled ‘OLIF - Development and Technical Aspects’. During his lecture, he took a look back on the technological transformation of spinal fusion technique from 1909 to 2020, which is first instrumented fusion - Anterior Approach - Open ‘OLIF’ Approach - Laparoscopic Approach - Thoracoscopic Approach - ‘MiniALIF(OLIF) . Then, Prof. Mayer shared his personal experience on positioning, localization, surgical steps and tips and tricks of those steps. At the end of the speech, he summarized that OLIF owns the advantages of natural anatomic approach, minimal injury to the psoas, minimal risk of nerve injury and vascular injury, no monitoring necessary, small skin incisions and easy bi-/multisegmental access.
During the case reports session, Deputy Director Lu Qilin gave a case report and a surgical methods review of Cervical OPLL. Dr. Tang Jin gave a report on case of severe lumbar infection(360° access). And Dr. Chen Long gave a report on Ultrasound assisted percutaneous Vertebroplasty in upper and Mid - thoracic osteoporotic Fracture. Prof. Mayer was impressed by their bilingual presentations.
Last but not least, President Li made a closing remarks that he hoped for more further exchanges with Prof. Mayer in the future. Also, Thanks for the interpretation of Dr. Wang Chaoqun. President Li launched an Internationalization Strategy to contribute to the talent cultivation. In 2023, Dr. Wang Chaoqun and Dr. Chen Long will head to Charité and University of Rostock respectively for their MD degree. And Dr. Tang Jin will also head to Charité for fellowship.