Spine Committee Report

Spine Committee Report
Mehmet Zileli, Maurizio Fornari, Salman Sharif, Co-Chairs

The Spine Committee website (http://wfns-spine.org) is active, including meetingannouncements, newsletters, recommendations, webinar recordings, etc.
The second newsletter of the Spine Committee was published in January 2020 under Dr.Óscar Luís Alves' leadership.

 Meetings and Webinars

Our planned “Bi-Annual Spine Symposia” in Milan, Italy, dated June 10-12, 2020, was postponed due to Covid 19 pandemic. For that reason, we enforced virtual programs and webinars. Our monthly webinars since December 2018 continued in 2020:
January 15, 2020: Onur Yaman: Planning for Deformity Surgery: Use of Surgimap
February 27, 2019: Jesus Lafuente: Is Cervical Arthroplasty the Gold Standard for Herniated Cervical Disc?
April 16, 2020: Nikolay Konovalov: Modern aspects of minimally invasive spinal surgery: Intraoperative CT & navigation
April 6, 2020: Mehmet Zileli: Patient evaluation in spinal disorders
April 13, 2020: Atul Goel: Radiological Diagnosis of CV Junction Problems
May 3, 2020: Francesco Costa: Management of Thoracolumbar Fractures
May 4, 2020: Nikolay Peev: Minimally invasive spinal surgery in a center with limited resources,
May 9, 2020: Michael P. Steinmetz: Robotics in Spine Surgery
May 10, 2020: Douglas Orr: Management of Lumbar Disc Prolapse
May 15, 2020: Giovanni Grasso: Hybrid surgery for cervical disc disease
May 15, 2020: Richard Assaker: Thoracic Disc Disease
May 18, 2020: Richard Fessler: Complex Surgery of the Cervical Spine
October 25, 2020: Mehmet Zileli: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: When to decompress or fuse?

We also performed eight virtual symposia:

Virtual Symposia 1: March 26, 2020. Craniovertebral Junction Surgery organized by Fengzeng Jian and Zan Chen from International Neuroscience Institute, Beijing, China Mehmet Zileli: Indications of occipito-cervical fixation
Fengzeng Jian: Atlantoaxial dislocation and cervical deformity: Quantitative correction of AAD/BI
Tao Fan: Chiari I and Basilar Invagination: Decompression or Fusion?
Fuzhi Ai: Transoral Atlantoaxial Reduction Plate (TARP)
Guangyu Qiao: Treatment of Fixed Atlantoaxial Dislocation with Basilar Invagination
Zan Chen: The Classification and Treatment Strategy of Atlantoaxial Dislocation
Hailong Feng: Transoral Approach for Anterior Release and Reduction of AAD
Virtual Symposia 2: April 25, 2020 Cervical OPLL. organized by Fengzeng Jian, Zan Chen
Fengzeng Jian: Risk Factors of Dural Tear During Anterior Decompression of Cervical OPLL
Salman Sharif: Radiology Prognostic criteria for OPLL
Xiaoming Che: Case Report: Cervical OPLL
Oscar L. Alves: Progression of OPLL despite Laminoplasty. Is motion preservation a problem?
Jutty Parthiban: Laminectomy and Fusion for Cervical OPLL
Nikolay Peev: Anterior versus Posterior Approach for OPLL
Zan Chen: A Revolutionary Technique: ACAF
Virtual Symposia 3: May 19:2020. Update on Cervical Spine Injury.
Salman Sharif: Acute Management of SCI
Nikolay Peev: Subaxial Cervical Spine Injury
Mehmet Zileli: Craniovertebral Junction Injury
Virtual Symposia 4: June 18, 2020, Adult Degenerative Deformity.
Onur Yaman: Classification of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
Richard Assaker: Sagittal Balance and Deformity
Claudia Lamartina: Surgical Techniques in Adult Degenerative Deformity
Marcos Masini: Correction of Kyphosis with Neurological Deficits
Max Aebi: Management of Proximal Junctional Kyphosis
Virtual Symposia 5: June 21, 2020 Management of Chiari Malformation.
Massimiliano Visocchi: Current management plans for Chiari
Atul Goel: Craniocervical instability should be treated
Guirish Solanki: Management options in pediatric Chiari patients
Virtual Symposia 6: August 10, 2020 Surgery for Craniovertebral Junction Tumors
Sukhdeep Singh Jhawar: Anatomical Concerns for the CVJ
Atul Goel: Surgery for Foramen Magnum Lesions
Ugur Ture: Lateral Approach for Upper Cervical Lesions
Ziya Gökaslan: Surgery for CVJ Chordomas and Fixation Techniques
Virtual Symposia 7: September 5, 2020, Craniovertebral Junction Malformations.
Atul Goel: Craniovertebral Junction Instability in Pediatric Age Group
Fengzeng Jian: The quantitative reduction of Bİ-AAD.
Mehmet Zileli: Anterior approaches to the craniocervical junction
Salman Sharif: CV junction posterior approaches
Fuzhi Ai: Treatment of AAD in pediatric patients
Massimiliano Visocchi: Management of Chiari malformation. An update
Oscar L.Alves: Anatomical considerations for surgery of intradural CVJ tumors
Vadim A.Byvaltsev: Efficacy and safety of laminoplasty versus laminectomy in the treatment of cervical spinal cord tumors
Zan Chen: Treatment of BI-AAD with CDR technique
Discussion on Craniovertebral Junction Malformations
Virtual Symposia 8: November 16, 2020. Complex Spine Surgery in Degenerative Deformity
Onur Yaman: Classification of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
Claudio Lamartina: Importance of Sagittal and Coronal Imbalance
Max Aebi: Surgical Strategies to Correct Adult Deformity
Pedro Berjano: Osteotomy Techniques to Correct Adult Deformity
Mehmet Zileli: Complication Avoidance in Adult Deformity Surgery

Video recordings of all webinars and virtual symposia are on the web site: http://wfns- spine.org/Webinar

Consensus Meetings and Recommendations

The spine committee has started the preparation of evidence-based recommendations for some common spinal disorders. To accomplish this task, a series of consensus meetings were designed. Since 2018, we did five consensus meeting: “Cervical spondylotic myelopathy," “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis," “Cervical Spine Trauma and Spinal Cord Injury," “Thoracolumbar Trauma," “Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures." The last meeting on osteoporotic vertebral fractures was online on January 11 2021.

Our first recommendation series on “Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy” are published in the Neurospine Journal in 2019: https://www.e-neurospine.org/ an open-access journal. WFNS Spine Committee Recommendations on “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis” are published in World Neurosurgery: X in 2020: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/world-neurosurgery- x/vol/7/suppl/C It is open access containing six papers: (1) Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Introduction to the WFNS Spine Committee Recommendations. (2) Natural Course and Diagnosis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: WFNS Spine Committee Recommendations. (3) Conservative Treatment and Percutaneous Pain Relief Techniques in Patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. (4) Decompressive Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. (5)Fusion Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. (6) Mobility-Preserving Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.

WFNS Spine Committee Recommendations on “Cervical Spine Trauma” and “Spinal Cord Injury” have very recently published in the Neurospine Journal in December 2020: https://www.e-neurospine.org It is open access including 9 papers (1) Cervical Spine Trauma and Spinal Cord Injury Recommendations of WFNS Spine Committee. (2) Early Management of Cervical Spine Trauma: WFNS Spine Committee Recommendations. (3) Upper Cervical Spine Trauma. (4) Subaxial Cervical Trauma. (5) Early Management of Spinal Cord Injury. (6) Pharmacologic and Regenerative Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury. (7) Pediatric Cervical Spine Injuries and SCIWORA. (8) Outcomes of Spinal Cord Injury. (9) Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury.

All recommendations on “Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy," “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis," "Cervical Spine Trauma” and “Spinal Cord Injury” can also be reached from the web site of the WFNS Spine Committee http://wfns-spine.org/recommendations

Future Plans

Our postponed meeting in Milan is planned for October 2021. We are working on completing our recommendations on “Thoracolumbar Trauma” and “Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures." We plan to prepare consensus meeting on “Basilar invagination and Chiari malformation”.

A book on “Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy and OPLL" is about to be published by Thieme Publishers. This book will be dealing with all aspects of the cervical spondylotic myelopathy and OPLL with 28 chapters. The last proofs are being revised.

September 2023