The 26th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for the Study of
Surgical Techniques for Spine and Spinal Nerves (JPSTSS)
Greeting from President

Akiyoshi Yamazaki, MD

It is an honour to host the 26th annual meeting of Japan Society for the Study of Surgical Techniques for Spine and Spinal Nerves (JPSTSS) in Osaka. The key feature of this meeting is the exchange of ideas and knowledge of both surgical techniques concerning the spine, spinal cord, and spinal nerves. The main theme of the meeting is “Inspiration”. Although academic meetings have conducted recently tended to focus on evidence supported by statistical data, techniques are far removed from statistics because they mainly depend on each surgeon’s innate ability and expertise. However, this meeting aimed to standardize techniques and identify more reliable and less risky approaches. This goal can be achieved, not by statistics but many ideas and skills obtained through experiences during daily operations. Accordingly, one of the subthemes is “Technical tips”. Everly surgeon surely has some technical secrets. Thus, they are encouraged to reveal these secrets, so that they may be useful for or refined by other surgeons. Not only matters related to surgical techniques, but also new ideas on diagnosis, surgical instruments, and preoperative and postoperative protocols are most welcome. Another subtheme is “New technology”, which may improve our surgical skills and strategies. The development of sophisticated technology, such as navigation systems, has enabled average surgeons to perform complicated and difficult surgeries. Ideas on new surgical technology and new surgical implants are also welcome, as are those on new diagnostic technology, medicines, and rehabilitation technology. However, the introduction of new technologies always leads to surgical complications: thus, ideas on this important issue are also welcome. Other subthemes include “Spinal deformity”, “Spine and spinal cord tumor” and “Chiari malformation and syringomyelia”. Accordingly, foreign expert surgeons will be invited to the meeting, thus, providing the participants an opportunity to learn from and discuss their issues with them. Osaka is a friendly and unassuming city, quite different from Tokyo. It has two faces of the elegant “Kita (North) and deep “Minami (South)”. And venue is close to both parts of the city. Furthermore, Kyoto, the most traditional city in Japan, is less than an hour by train. Please also enjoy the different aspects of Japan on this occasion. I look forward to seeing you on September 6 and 7, 2019 in Osaka.

October 2018
The 26th Annual meeting of JPSTSS
President Masashi Neo, MD