On the May 25, 2019, an APSS-HKU Basic Spine Course was held by the Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, HKUMed in conjunction with Asia Pacific Spine Society and the Spine Chapter of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association. The focus of the course was to teach young surgeons basic skills in spinal surgery. Dr Reuben Soh from Singapore and Dr Shinji Takahashi from Japan were invited to the course. The course rundown included nine lectures covering material such as lumbar discectomy and laminectomy, lumbar fusion methods, lumbar and thoracic pedicle screw insertion, cervical anterior discectomy and fusion, lateral mass screw insertion, laminoplasty and C1/2 fixation techniques. It also included four interactive case discussions and two sawbone workshops to reinforce the knowledge learned from the lectures.
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