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5 Things You Won't Want to Miss at NASS 2019

Headed to Chicago for the North American Spine Society’s annual meeting? These are the five sessions we’re most looking forward to.

1. How to Get the Best Outcome from Your Robotics and Navigation System.

Wednesday, 3:35 p.m. to 5:05 p.m., Room W471ab

Faculty will examine the optimal workflow for robotics, navigation, and 3D-printed guides. They will also discuss the spine surgeon perception of robotics and navigation systems and their outcomes.

Technology included in this session: Mazor X Stealth Edition and the Excelsius GPS Robotic System

2. Innovative Technology Presentations

Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375d

This session will highlight several different technologies that are being used in spine surgery including the use of augmented reality and a "virtual needle" for lumbar puncture, the Machine-vision Image Guided Surgery (MvIGS) system, and the Spineology Duo System.

3. The Real Deal of the Opioid Crisis

Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., Skyline Ballroom W375ab

This session includes several interesting presentations, including one on appropriate versus inappropriate use of opioids for acute pain and another on perioperative pain management in the era of an opioid crisis.

4. Surgical Innovation Lab Demos and Workshops

Several companies are on tap to offer technology demonstrations and workshops throughout the conference, including Medtronic, Stryker, Globus Medical, Medacta, Misonix, Anchor Orthopedics, Orthofix, Relievant Medsystems, and Spineology.

5. Best Papers

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Room W471ab; Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Skyline Ballroom W375ab; and Friday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Room W471ab

The NASS 2019 scientific program committee received more than 1,400 abstract and session proposal submissions. The 21 highest-rated abstracts earned the coveted “Best Paper” designation and will be presented in morning sessions throughout the meeting in Chicago.


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