AO Spine and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS)

Explore the AO Spine MISS resources

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a suite of technology-dependent techniques and procedures that reduces local operative tissue damage and systemic surgical stress enabling earlier return to function striving for better outcomes than traditional techniques.

Studies show many advantages for MISS over conventional surgery. AO has identified a high need for surgeon’s training in these procedures and techniques, and they attract increasing interest worldwide. With the AO Spine MISS Task Force—a group of leading international MISS authorities who drive AO's MISS initiatives—AO brings together different opinions and experiences from around the world.

Looking to improve your knowledge in MISS?

Join AO Spine's leading experts—the international AO Spine MISS Task Force—to learn the full spectrum of this hot topic, from indications and general skills to specific microscopic, endoscopic, and instrumented procedures.

AO Spine Online Course—The MISS Spectrum Series, from April 1–May 26, 2023

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MISS courses and events

Find upcoming AO Spine MISS courses and events in your region and beyond.

MISS curriculum

The curriculum supports our faculty to design their MISS events based on competencies and aimed at specific target audiences.

MISS videos and webinars

Explore the digital teaching and learning material, webinars, and event coverage for educational purposes. Recordings are available for members only.

An extraordinary webinar series by the AO Spine MISS Task Force

In these sessions AO Spine's expert MISS task force members explain the key competencies in MISS and cover

  • indications, techniques and possible complications of different procedures,
  • indications, alternatives, risks and benefits of different approaches, and
  • pros and cons of microscopic vs. endoscopic techniques.

The videos are available exclusively to AO Spine members. Please log in to watch.

MISS fusion: MIS TLIF vs. Lateral approaches

Presenters: Avelino Parajon and Paul Taylor
Moderators: Roger Härtl and Nestor Taboada

May 19, 2020

Cervical spine MISS: Anterior vs. Posterior

Presenters: Richard Assaker and JinSung Kim
Moderators: Christoph Hofstetter and Paul Taylor

May 6, 2020

AO Spine Webinar—"Over-the-top” MISS decompression: Endoscope vs. Microscope

Presenters: Christoph Hofstetter and Muhammed Assous
Moderators: Roger Härtl and Richard Assaker

April 23, 2020

The AO Spine MISS Task Force

Roger Härtl, Task Force Leader, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, United States

Richard Assaker, Centre Hospitalier Regional Universitaire, Lille, France

Mohammed Assous, AO Spine Spine Center and Fellowship Officer Middle East, Razi Spine Clinic, Amman, Jordan

Christoph Hofstetter, University of Washington, Seattle, United States

JinSung Kim, Seoul St Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Avelino Parajon, Hospital Universitario, Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain

Néstor Taboada, UNIMEC, Barranquilla, Columbia

Paul Taylor, Spines WA, Perth, Australia

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