AO Spine NA Seminar - Managing Complications: Clinically, Ethically, and Legally

Join a team of AO Spine NA experts and an experienced medical attorney as they discuss cases with complications and how to manage them outside of the operating room

Watch our pre-course webinar recording


Adverse events in spinal surgery happen. Some of these are avoidable and can be attributed to the surgical team and others are merely risks from the procedure. Whether it is preoperative, intraoperative, or postoperative, surgeons need to know how to deal with these complications.

The goal of this course is to discuss, in a confidential environment, the cases everyone hears about and never wants to live through. 

During this course, a panel of experts will cover complications from clinical, legal, ethical, and psychological perspectives. Topics will include:

  • Clinical approaches to complications
  • Avoiding compensable events
  • Risk management
  • How to prepare for the worst
  • Talking with the family

Directly provided by AO North America.

  • Learning objectives
    Upon completion of this event, participants will be able to
    Identify factors that contribute to spinal complications
    Utilize appropriate diagnostic tools to assess complications
    Evaluate the effect of complications on patient health and productivity
    Implement a plan for communication with patients, care givers, risk management, and, if necessary, legal counsel
    Identify optimal treatment options and manage treatment to minimize the impact on patient outcomes
    Manage challenges related to complications from a legal perspective
    Apply strategies for communication with patients and care givers
    Recognize and manage legal and ethical obligations related to complications

  • Prerequisites

    Loren ipsum.

  • Who should attend

    Practicing orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons.

Course chairs

John DeVine, MD

Augusta University

James Schuster, MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania