AO Spine Releases Degeneration Module in Online Reference

Dr. Hartl and Dr. Hussain craft innovative new resource for spine surgeons

The online AO Surgery Reference from the AO Spine Foundation has been expanded to include a new Degeneration module written by Dr. Roger Härtl and Dr. Ibrahim Hussain of Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care. The new module has been added to earlier modules on Trauma, Deformities, and Tumors to expand the Surgery Reference to include the most common degenerative conditions of the spine: herniated disc, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.

“This new module represents five years of work finally coming to fruition,” said Dr. Hartl. “This invaluable resource is available to any surgeon, at any time, to guide patient care to optimize outcomes. I am very proud that Dr. Hussain and I were able to collaborate with AO Spine to expand the reference include these common procedures.”

The new module features in-depth information on cervical and lumbar degenerative disorders and includes a range of minimally invasive procedure choices, along with comprehensive instruction on each one.   

The AO Surgery Reference was created to support spine surgeons by providing resources for the management of spine conditions. Full text, illustrations, and photographs cover the pathology, instruments needed, patient positioning instruction, and step-by-step diagrams of entire procedures, with supporting videos. It also provides case studies, patient management algorithms, and interactive tools, along with access to a vast library of resources, including textbooks, articles, and clinical guidelines.

This free online resource is accessible to healthcare professionals worldwide and serves as a valuable tool for continuous professional development and improving patient outcomes. The content is regularly reviewed and updated by an international network of expert surgeons to ensure accuracy and relevance.

See the new degeneration module on the AO Spine Surgery Reference here

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