Three New Live Surgeries Hit the Exhibit Hall in New Orleans

Michele L. Hilgart
John Pollina
Elad I. Levy

Since 2011, the CNS Annual Meeting scientific program has presented annual broadcasts of live surgery demonstrations, covering a broad spectrum of neurosurgical subspecialties including endovascular, cranial, endoscopic, and spinal procedures. Over the years, these sessions have fostered a unique opportunity for realtime learning, offering excellent pedagogic prospects for direct communication and interactivity with the operating neurosurgeon. Perhaps most didactically significant, the live surgery broadcast enables demonstration and discussion of the nuances of each procedure, pitfall avoidance, and management of intraoperative difficulties.

In 2014, the CNS brought live surgery into the Exhibit Hall, presenting three new surgeries at institutions around the country. The response was overwhelming, with standingroom- only crowds gathered to observe the cases and ask questions of the operating surgeons. Observing how these neurosurgeons approach a diverse set of cases facilitates cross-pollination among varied neurosurgical subspecialties, and the presentations allowed attendees with varied backgrounds and areas of expertise to exchange ideas, gain insight, and acquire acumen in the demonstrated surgical procedures, thus nurturing future scientific creativity and innovation.

Considering the educational value of this learning format and the tremendous appeal it has had for our attendees, the Scientific Program Committee has decided to bring three new live surgery sessions to the 2015 Annual Meeting. Dr. Adnan Siddiqui of University at Buffalo Neurosurgery will present a case of endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms using the Pipeline Flex Embolization Device, Dr. Paul Gardner of the University of Pittsburgh will present a case of endoscopic retromastoid surgery, and Dr. Hunaldo Villalobos of Celebration Health will perform a Robotic Spinal procedure—all live from the Exhibit Hall. To accommodate the anticipated record-breaking attendance at these sessions, session sponsors like Medtronic, Karl Storz Endoscopy, KLS Martin, and Mazor Robotics have allowed the CNS to significantly expand the live surgery stage in New Orleans.

Although we are confident the 2015 CNS Annual Meeting live surgical theater is sure to be one of the highlights of the most innovative meeting in our field, there are other great opportunities throughout the Exhibit Hall to learn about the latest technologies and advances in all neurosurgical subspecialties. Each day, immediately following the live surgery sessions, three of CNS’ top corporate partners will present a 90-minute sponsored lunch symposium in the exhibit hall, where experts will address specific technologies and new approaches that are changing the way you practice neurosurgery. A listing of sessions will be available this summer at the online registration site, allowing you to save your seat at these complimentary, high-impact lunch sessions. Our live surgery stage will also host smaller product demonstration sessions during the afternoon breaks, and several of our corporate partners will host in-booth product demonstrations of their latest technologies. Look for details on these sessions in the Annual Meeting Guide mobile app and onsite in New Orleans.

Whether you attend the live surgery sessions and sponsored lunch presentations, or just browse the aisles and get your hands on the latest technologies in the field, we look forward to your participation in the exhibit hall at the 2015 CNS Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

CONSIDERING THE EDUCATIONAL VALUE OF THIS LEARNING FORMAT AND THE TREMENDOUS APPEAL IT HAS HAD FOR OUR ATTENDEES, THE SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM COMMITTEE HAS DECIDED TO BRING THREE NEW LIVE SURGERY SESSIONS TO THE 2015 ANNUAL MEETING.