Welcome to the 5th NeuroSpine Meeting

Dear colleagues

We are proud to announce the 5th anniversary of the NeuroSpine Meeting, the advanced course of the Swiss Society of Neurosurgery SSNS supported by the Swiss Spine Institute and Swiss Society for Spinal Surgery (SGS). On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to warmly welcome you to the Kursaal in Bern on Thursday, March 5, 2015.


This year, our meeting will raise the topic whether progress in biomedical material science is already starting to impact on our clinical way of thinking. Fusion is considered by a large number of specialists as state of the art to solve the majority of mostly degenerative problems of the cervical and lumbar spine. Like in early hip and knee surgery, loss of motion may also cause additional problems. However, dynamic devices have often been fraught with intrinsic problems. Either, the products were not truly dynamic, or they created additional problems like hypermobility leading to implant failure or disc re-herniation. In this meeting, we want to highlight some of the emerging technologies which have become available thanks to significant progress in material sciences. Nonetheless, caution and diligent clinical analysis are needed to find out the appropriate indications for each of these newer devices like dynamic disc replacement, dynamic vicsoelastic rods and mobile pedicular screws.


Moreover, we will address the problem of early recurrent disc hernation following treatment of classical disc herniation by highlighting first clinical experience with one of several new devices that have been designed to reduce the rate of recurrences. Whether this is the case will be presented by users of this device, and results will be compared with more simple annular repair suturing techniques. The clinical data will be supplemented by a socio-economic analysis of the impact of recurrent disc-herniation.


The attractive, interdisciplinary program, which should catch the attention of neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons with a strong interest in spine surgery, but also anesthesiologists, neurologists, rheumatologists, interventional radiologists, chiropractors and physiotherapists will facilitate discussions on the shared experiences and opinions of leading local and international experts. 


We look forward to welcoming you to Bern.

Sincerly yours,



Professor Adrian Merlo, MD

Past President SSNS, President scientific committee