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Report from the 16th Annual ArgoSpine Symposium BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 27, 2012

We're in Paris for the 16th annual ArgoSpine Symposium. Each year, ArgoSpine selects a theme for the event, and the latest is disorders in the junctional regions of the spine (previous topics have included the recent history of spine surgery and spine imaging). Industry presence is much lighter than is typical at these events, with commercial exhibits limited to single tables from the handful of sponsoring companies. The focus is instead clinical - surgical technique, treatment modalities and optimizing outcomes.

Junctional spine disorders encompass a number of clinical scenarios, and topics over the two-day conference ranged from navigating complex anatomy to treating trauma, osteoporotic bone and cancer. Promoting new technologies took something of a backseat to interactive discussion of actual cases and more commonly used treatments. However, the benefits of percutaneous versus open surgery were debated, as was the use of endoscopy, appropriate imaging and whether the fairly new treatment of vertebral body stents was "the future" for VCFs.

Overall, the past two days provided a brief education on the junctional spine as well as insight into the European perspective on spine trends and treatments. HealthpointCapital is proud to be among ArgoSpine's sponsors.

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