This course is an expansion of the earlier "Advanced Endoscopic Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery: Hands-on Symposium," long directed by Theodore H. Schwartz, M.D. and Vijay K. Anand, M.D. This expanded course now covers not only endoscopic skull base surgery but also multiple other minimally invasive approaches to neurosurgery, combining didactic sessions with hands-on cadaver dissection, as well as panel discussions. Instruments (for tubular, keyhole, endoscopic, and other MIS approaches) as well as surgical navigation equipment will be available to participants for use on fresh cadavers during laboratory sessions. The course directors are Theodore H. Schwartz, M.D. and Mark M. Souweidane, M.D.
The future of neurosurgery is in minimally invasive techniques, and at the completion of this course participants should be well equipped to start utilizing these approaches in their own practices. Endoscopic instruments and surgical navigation equipment are available to participants for use on fresh cadavers during laboratory sessions. Participants have an opportunity to discuss difficult cases with the faculty during panel discussions.