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PSS Annual 2023: Cervical Spine Conditions

October 26-27, 2023

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Pasig City, Philippines

Day 1- October 26, 2023


0730-0800          Registration

0800-0805         Welcome remarks

                          Dr. Ryan Conrad A. Carnero, FPOA, FPSS [PSS Treasurer]

0805-0810          Introduction to the course 

                          Dr. Richard V. Condor, FPOA, FPSS,  [PSS Vice-President]

0810-0820         A brief review of pertinent surgical anatomy and biomechanics of the cervical spine

                          [Dr. Jon Christian S. Manuntag, FPSS]

0820-0830         Pathologies of the cranio-cervical junction [Dr. Wencito A. Daya, FAFN, FPSS]

0830-0840         Natural History of Disc Disease and updates on nonsurgical treatment of degenerative cervical spine [Dr. Gaudencio Arsenio T. Ligutom III, FAFN, FPSS]

0840-0850        Trans-oral approach to the Dens [Dr. Michael Sabalza, FAFN]

0850-0900        Odontoid Screw Fixation [Dr. Jose Miguel T. Lumawig, FPOA, FPSS]

0900-0910        C1C2 and Occipito-cervical Fusion [Dr. Gilbert J. Ranoa, FAFN, FPSS]

0910-0920        Decision Making in Endoscopic Decompression of the Upper Cervical Spinal Cord

                        [Dr. Elmer Jose A. Meceda, FAFN, FPSS]

0920-0930        Q&A

0930-1000        Coffee break

1000-1010         Surgical indications and patient preparation for the Degenerative Cervical Spine

                        [Dr. Jereme B. Atupan, FPOA, FPSS]

1010-1020         ACDF and ACCF Indications and outcomes [Dr. Ma. Ramona B. Reyes-Diyco, FPOA, FPSS]

1020-1030        Artificial Disc Replacement and my experience [Dr. Mario R. Ver, FPOA, FPSS]

1030-1040        Arthroplasty vs ACDF [Dr. Mikhail Lew P. Ver, FPOA, FPSS]

1040-1050        Q&A

1050-1110         Pearls and pitfalls in cervical Laminotomy and Foraminotomy

                       [Dr. Arnaldo S. Favila, Jr., FPOA]

1100-1110         Outcomes of cervical Laminectomy and Fusion [Dr. Levi M. Maliwat, FAFN, FPSS]

1110-1120         Management of Complications of posterior approach to the cervical spine

                      [Dr. Ken Jeffrey O. Magcalas, FPOA, FPSS]

1120-1140         Q&A

1140-1155         Debate: anterior vs. posterior

1155-1200        Closing remarks

                      Dr. David M. Cabatan, FPOA, FPSS [PSS Auditor]

1200-1300       Lunch


1330-1630       Afternoon sessions


Day 2- October 27, 2023


0730-0800     Registration

0800-0810     Welcome remarks

                      Dr. Anne Kathleen Ganal-Antonio, FPOA, FPSS [PSS Chairman-Scientific Committee]

0810-0820      Primary tumors of the cervical spine [Dr. Mamer S. Rosario, FPOA, FPSS]

0820-0830     Upper cervical spinal cord tumors [Dr. Eric Dennis C. Legaspi, FAFN, FPSS]

0830-0840     Management of metastatic cervical spine tumors (subaxial)

                     [Dr. Michael Louise A. Gimenez, FAFN, FPSS]

0840-0850    Surgical treatment of upper cervical spine metastases

                     [Dr. Ronald P. Tangente, MBA, FPOA, FPSS]

0850-0900    Q & A

0900-0910    Image guided surgery for the Cranio-cervical junction 

                    [Dr. Leo Anthony R. Acedillo, FAFN, FPSS]

0910-0920    Discogenic pain and management options [Dr. Moreen T. Velasco, FPOA, FPSS]

0920-0930    What do we need to know about OPLL and its management?

                    Dr. Kathryn Anne B. Jimenez, FPOA, FPSS

0930-0940   Q&A


1000-1030     Coffee Break

1030-1040     Cervical spine deformities: an overview and classification

                     [Dr. Austin Samuel L. Lim, FPOA, FPSS

1040-1050     Cervical spine deformity associated with resection of spinal cord tumors

                    [Dr. Mary Ruth A. Padua, FPOA, FPSS]

1050-1100     Cervical abnormalities in severe spinal deformities [Dr. Romel P. Estillore, FPOA, FPSS]

1100-1110      Q & A

1110-1120      Changes of cervical sagittal parameter after Thoracolumbar deformity correction and clinical implications [Prof. Yong-Chan Kim, MD, PHD - Korea]

1120-1130      C1 and C2 spinal cord injuries [Dr. John David Mata, FAFN]

1130-1140      Expansion Duraplasty [Dr. Ronald P. Tangente, MBA, FPOA, FPSS]

1140-1200     Surgical strategies for the patient with severe dynamic sagittal imbalance: overcoming the challenge [Prof. Yong-Chan Kim, MD, PHD - Korea]                         

1200-1210     Q & A

1210-1230      Case Discussion with a panel (Cervical)

1230-1240      Closing Remarks

                     Dr. Ronald R. Tangente, MBA, FPOA, FPSS [PSS President]

1240-1400      Lunch

1400-1630      Business meeting

1700              Fellowship Night

Live Tissue Course Program

August 26, 2023

Valdez Hall, Veterans Memorial Medical Center

Quezon City, Philippines

730-0800H          Registration

0800-0810H        Welcome remarks

                           Opening Remarks

                           Ronald P. Tangente, MD, MBA, FPOA, FPSS, PSS President

                           Antonio Mario L. De Castro, MD, FPOA, Head, VMMC Orthopedic Department

0810-0820H        Indications, risks and complications of the anterior approach to the sub cervical spine                            [Dr. Michael Nelson P. Lim, FPOA]

0820H-0830H     Positioning and anterior approach to the sub cervical spine

                          [Dr. Jesse Jerus Alem Gabrieli T. Joson, FPOA, FPSS]

0830-0840H       Special lecture: complications in anterior neck surgery and how to avoid

                          [Dr. Charles A. Malapit, FPSO-HNS]

0840H-0850H    Indications, risks and complications of the posterior approach to the cervical spine,

including the upper cervical spine [Dr. Ken Jeffrey O. Magcalas, FPOA, FPSS]

0850H-0900H   Positioning and posterior approach to the cervical spine 

                         [Dr. Orland Joshua M. Alimbuyuguen, FPOA]

0900-0910H      Special lecture: Dural tear (cervical to lumbar) complications, how to avoid

                         [Dr. Gaudencio Arseño T. Ligutom, FAFN, FPSS]

0910-0920H       Q&A

0920H-0930H    Indications, positioning in the anterior approach to the thoracic and lumbar spine

                          [Dr. Angelo Phillip P. Ong, FPOA, FPSS]

0930H-0940H   Posterior approach to the thoracic and lumbar spine (positioning and approach)

                        [Dr. Allan Rodolfo P. Herrera, Jr., FPOA]

0940H-0950H   Special lecture: Complications in the anterior approach to the thoracic and lumbar spine, how to avoid and how to fix; Management of intraoperative vessel injury in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine [Dr. Edgar Tuazon] 

0950H-1000H   Q&A

1000H-1015H    Coffee break

1015H-1025H     Indications, risks and complications of the lateral approach to the lumbar spine, positioning and the approach in MISS [Dr. Roy Michael G. Domacena, FPOA, FPSS]

1025H-1035H     Special lecture: Complications in the retroperitoneal approach, how to avoid and how to manage [Dr. Karl Marvin M. Tan, MD, MMHoA, FPUA]

1035H-1045H     Correlating anatomy and imaging (CT and MRI) in identifying vessels at risk in anterior approach to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine [Dr. Aureen c. Foronda-Nieto, FPCR, FUSP]

1045H-1055H    DVT prophylaxis [Dr. Kevin Archie Ramos, FPCP, FPCC, FPSVM]

1055-1105H       Q&A

1105H-1115H      Durotomy in spine surgery: when to repair and how to repair

                        [Dr. Wencito A. Daya, FAFN, FPSS]

1115H-1125H      Postoperative CSF leak, its medical management and when to repair (10 minutes)

                       [Dr. Paul Albert C. Manuel, FPOA]

1125H-1135H     Diagnosing metabolic bone disease and its management

                       [Dr. Dionese Ysabelle Bawal, FPCP, DPCEDM]

1135H-1145H     Q&A

1145H-1230H     Lunch

1230-1700H      Demo Tissue Surgery

                       [Dr. Kathryn Anne B. Jimenez, FPOA, FPSS/Dr. Gerardo Juan M. Sison, FPOA, FPSS]

Liv Tissue 2023

Adult Spine Deformity

October 21-22, 2022

Face to Face

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


October 21, 2022

0845-0900        Opening [Watch]

Welcome Remarks

Philippine National Anthem 

Short Introduction/Overview of the entire convention 

Session I:
Moderator: Dr. David T. Endriga
0900-0910    Definition and Pathophysiology of ASD, including etiology and epidemiology

[Dr. Moreen T. Velasco] [Watch]

0910-0920    Describing ASD with sagittal imbalance: The impact of sagittal balance in ASD

[Dr. Steve D. Glassman]  [Watch]

0920-0930    Classification systems for ASD [Dr. Angelo Phillip P. Ong]   [Watch]
0930-0945    Q&A  [Watch]
0945-1000    Case Discussion I: Severe Kyphosis in a Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis -

Philippine Orthopedic Center [Dr. Ryan Conrad A. Carnero]  [Watch]

1000-1015    Coffee Break  [Watch]

Session II:
Moderator: Dr. Samuel Arsenio M. Grozman
1015-1020    Primary degenerative sagittal imbalance [Dr. Ferdinand R. Bernal]   
1020-1040    Iatrogenic spinal deformity [Dr. Jose Martin S. Paiso]  [Watch]
1040-1050    Adult spinal scoliosis: prevalence, outcomes [Dr. Buenaventura Alfredo B. Canto IV] 
1050-1100    Q&A  
1100-1115    Case Discussion II: How to manage a case of Scoliosis in a patient diagnosed with

Osteogenesis Imperfecta - Philippine General Hospital [Dr. Bienvenido Leo Antonio M. Caro]  [Watch]

1115-1130    Radiological assessment of ASD: Regional, global, sagittal spinopelvic, and coronal

parameters with clinical examples  [Dr. Chaisiri Chaichankul]  [Watch]

1130-1145    Biomechanical radiographical analysis to guide in treatment planning

[Dr. Dennis Hey Hwee Weng Hey] [Watch]

1145-1155    Decision-Making for Managing ASD [Dr. Jonathan N. Sembrano] [Watch]
1150-1200    Q&A  [Watch]
1200-1215    Case Discussion III: Conservative Treatment of Postoperative Cerobrospinal Fluid

Leakage in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy - Davao Doctors’ Hospital [Dr. Ronald P. Tangente]   [Watch]


1215-1300    Lunch Symposia 

AMGEN  [Watch]

Pacific Surgical [Watch]


Session III:
Moderator: Dr. Oliver Y. Ong
1300-1310    Treatment considerations in ASD [Dr. Larry V. Acuña] [Watch]
1310-1320    Different surgical techniques in ASD [Dr. Neilson G. Palabrica] [Watch]
1320-1330    Risk stratification in ASD [Dr Geraldine Raphaela B. Jose] [Watch]
1330-1345    Q&A  [Watch]
1345-1400    Case discussion IV: Computer navigated scoliosis surgery in a patient with AIS 

associated with bilateral congenital hip dysplasia - Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center [Dr. Erika Paulina Stefani H. See] [Watch]

1400-1410    When can we do limited decompression alone? [Dr. Gian Karlo P. Dadufalza] [Watch]
1410-1420    Indications for limited stabilization [Dr. Hey Hwee Weng Dennis]  [Watch]
1420-1430    Osteotomies in ASD [Dr. Dave Anthony G. Dizon]  [Watch]
1430-1445    Q&A [Watch]



Session IV: 
Moderator: Dr. Renato D. Lipana, Jr.
1445-1500    Biologics in ASD surgery [Dr. Tunku Kamarul Zaman]  [Watch]
1500-1515    Complications in ASD surgery [Prof. Noriaki Kawakami] [Watch]
1515-1530    Case Discussion V [Prof. Noriaki Kawakami]  [Watch]
1530-1545    Q&A  [Watch]
1545              Closing Remarks for Day 1
1700-2200    Fellowship Night (Moonshine – at the back of Marco Polo)

October 22, 2022

Session V: Interesting Case presentation from Training Fellows
0800-1000    Welcome Remarks [Dr. Romel P. Estillore] [Watch]

Interesting Case presentation from Training Fellows 

1.    Moderator: Dr. Mario R. Ver
Revision of wrong level surgery in a chronic cervical bilateral facet dislocation [Dr. Orland Joshua M. Alimbuyuguen, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center]  [Watch]

2.    Moderator: Dr. Gilbert J. Ranoa
Cervical Myelopathy in Tourette’s syndrome [Dr. Paul Albert C. Manuel, Cardinal Santos Medical Center]   

3.    Moderator: Dr. Franklin M. Dizon III
Computer-assisted multi-rod construct for a thoracolumbosacral ependymoma [Daniel William Yu, Chong Hua Hospital-Cebu]   [Watch]

4.    Moderator: Dr. Jean Pierre F. Leung
Case of Paraplegia LN T4 secondary to Spinal Cord Compression from Pott’s Disease (Part of an ongoing series for Pediatric Pott’s Patients presenting in the Cervical and Upper Thoracic Spine Segments) [Dr. Bienvenido Leo Antonio M. Caro, UP-Philippine General Hospital]  

5.    Moderator: Dr. Michael Louis A. Gimenez
Traumatic Spondyloptosis of Axis (C 2 Hangman’s Fracture) with Retrolistheis of C5-C6 (AO Type C): A Case Report in a 26-year-old female [Rommel Tan, MD. FPOA, FPSS, Lou Ides A. Wooden, MD, Ronald Tangente, MD, MBA, FPOA, FPSS Spine and Scoliosis Center, Davao Doctors Hospital, Davao City]  [Watch]

1000-1015    Brunch [Watch]

1015-11:15    Turnover and Induction Ceremony [Watch]
       Keynote Speaker [Dr. Antonio B. Sison]: Life and Experiences as a Surgeon
       Valedictory Address [Dr. Francisco P. Altarejos]
       Announcement of election results 
       Proclamation of New PSS Officers [Dr. Richard V. Condor] 
       Presidential Turnover
       Induction/Oath of Office of New Officers (Dr. Francisco P. Altarejos) 
       Inaugural Speech (New PSS President)
       Announcement of new PSS members (New PSS Secretary) 
       Induction of new PSS members (New PSS President)

1115-1145    Break
11:45-1400    PSS Business Meeting 


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