“Global experts talk spinal surgery”

////“Global experts talk spinal surgery”

The focus at the ulrich medical Spine Academy Meeting is on sharing experiences and knowledge transfer.


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6th Spine Academy Meeting in Ulm a big success

Ulm, May 2019. From May 22–24, specialists from around the world came together in Ulm for the 2019 Spine Academy Meeting. The event, hosted by medical technology manufacturer ulrich medical, offered them the opportunity to enhance their expertise in spinal surgery techniques. The event also included a presentation on the DynorFuse study, which found that, for specific spinal conditions, dynamic stabilisation is not inferior to fusion and offers a number of advantages.

About 50 spinal surgeons from 18 countries attended the CME-certified training event at the family-owned company’s Ulm headquarters. They looked at case studies and took part in hands on workshops led by nationally and internationally renowned spine specialists, such as Prof. Dr. Marcus Richter (St. Josefs Hospital, Wiesbaden), Prof. Dr. Bernhard Meyer (Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich), Prim. Dr. Mag. Christian Bach (Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch, Austria) and Prof. Dr. Muwaffak Abdulhak (Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, USA). Participants then had the opportunity to discuss their own and fellow surgeons’ cases in small groups moderated and supervised by the experts. Indications, approaches and operation techniques were presented, compared and then carefully practised.

Christoph Ulrich, managing partner at ulrich medical, hailed the three day event as a big success, “Spine Academy Meeting participants benefit from an environment where open debate is actively encouraged. Insights from such discussions are also of great benefit in developing innovative spinal surgery solutions.” The spinal implant specialist launched its successful academic platform for spinal surgery in 2014, and has been providing international experts with an annual opportunity to share and discuss their experiences ever since.

Clinical evidence for dynamic stabilisation

Each of the three days focused on a different topic. One of the days was devoted to thoracolumbar stabilisation of deformities and posterior cervical fusion. Another placed the focus on the management of complications of cervical and thoracolumbar spine surgery. Thursday was devoted to “Lumbar dynamic stabilisation versus fusion”. Prof. Dr. Bernhard Meyer (Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich) delivered a presentation on the DynorFuse study. This large multi-centre study has demonstrated that, for specific spinal conditions (smaller degenerative instabilities), dynamic stabilisation promises results which are at least equal to or even better than fusion. In particular, the less complex – and therefore shorter – operation and the fact that some spinal mobility is preserved ensure greater patient satisfaction and a better quality of life.

Sharing experiences with international colleagues

“I would definitely recommend the Spine Academy Meeting to others. Discussing different approaches to treatment with my international colleagues has given me lots of interesting new ideas for my own practice,” explains Dr. Christian Walter from Tübingen University Hospital, a speaker and participant at this year’s event. The opportunity to share experiences with international colleagues has proven so popular that ulrich medical’s distribution partners in Italy and Russian have now successfully implemented the concept for their own local customer bases. The company has also received enquiries about implementing the concept in other countries.

About ulrich medical

Since its foundation as a family company in 1912, ulrich medical has developed, manufactured and distributed innovative medical technology products. Doctors and users worldwide trust in the more than 100 years of expertise. As one of the few companies in this sector, the Ulm-based company places great value in “Made in Germany” and develops and manufactures its products in Germany.ulrich medical specialises in two product categories: spinal systems and contrast-medium injectors. The Spinal Systems Division develops and produces implants made mostly of titanium and successfully markets them worldwide. They are used in cases of injury or disease affecting the entire spine. In the field of contrast media injectors for CT and MRI, ulrich medical supplies specially developed solutions that reliably support radiologists in the field of modern diagnostic imaging. Their user friendliness, outstanding quality and proven hygienic safety make them essential aids in routine clinical practice.