This fall’s annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS 2014) was another busy one. Many of Columbia’s neurosurgeons were on hand to keep up with the newest research and pass on their knowledge to colleagues from around the world. (See the full list of department attendees here.)
Our Dr. Peter D. Angevine worked on not one, but two presentations about the spine.
One presentation was about the results of a massive undertaking by Dr. Angevine and nearly fifty other neurosurgeons from across the United States. The study examined outcomes of lumbar spine surgery and found that surgery was effective at improving pain, disability, and quality of life for a number of common back problems.
Dr. Angevine’s other role was as part of the faculty for a course on spinal balance. CNS 2014 was very focused on balance–“A Question of Balance” was the tagline for the entire CNS meeting this year.
There are two kinds of spinal balance, sagittal and coronal. Spinal surgeons frequently see spines that are out of balance front-to-back, as when someone is very bent over. The front-to-back direction is called the sagittal plane of the body. So a front-to-back spinal imbalance is called sagittal imbalance.
Dr. Angevine’s section of the course dealt with side-to-side spinal balance. The side-to-side direction is called the coronal plane. In his presentation, Dr. Angevine asked the attendees to consider: “Does Coronal Balance Matter When Addressing Adult Spinal Pathology?”
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