A practical course on "Basic Principles of AOSpine - Tumors and Degenerative Spine Diseases" of the world largest organization for Spine Surgery AOSpine was held on 23 and 24 March 2017, in Varna. AOSpine is an international organisation, based in Switzerland, which unites over 10 000 neurosurgeons and orthopedists from around the world, with established national and local communities. The training was organized by Prof. Dr. Yavor Enchev from the Department of Neurosurgery at Medical University-Varna and head of the Department of Neurosurgery at University Hospital "St. Marina". Among the course lecturers were prominent names from Switzerland, Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia, with the participation of specialists from Bulgaria, Armenia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Macedonia, Israel and Iran.
The aim of the training was to help young doctors with special interests in the field of Spine Neurosurgery to acquire basic knowledge and skills. The course provided an extensive theoretical and practical part, in which the participants had the opportunity to work with different instruments on artificial human bones, under the guidance of renowned experts in the field.
"Our goal is to create a section of that organization in Bulgaria. The first steps have been made, and it is a matter of time to congratulate ourselves on the creation of such an organization in our country. Its aim is to improve the quality of education and medical services for patients, who need Spine Neurosurgery, and to create social contacts and methods for improvement within the community itself", said Prof. Dr. Yavor Enchev.
The new trends in Spine Surgery are striving to achieve the desired effect through minimally invasive methods, with a small skin incision and less blood loss. These technologies facilitate the treatment of conditions that have not been handled so far. In recent decades we have witnessed steady progress in medicine, related to technologies allowing the treatment of diseases, which could not be dealt with in the 70s and 80s of the last century. For example, such a disease is scoliosis, where the results were rather disappointing, using the methods of treatment at that time. At present there is significant progress in this direction.
"A great part of the diseases may be due to genetic inheritance or predisposition. The risk factors are the two extremes, which are not at all beneficial - from super-healthy to sedentary lifestyle", warned Prof. Enchev.