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1st International Conference on Sacroiliac Joint Surgery (ICSJS) Sept. 18-19th, 2015

The official conference language is English

Friday, Sept. 18th

08:30 h - Registration

09:00 h – Session 1

09:00 h   -  Success and failure of SIJ arthrodesis – a history review (Stark)

09:30 h - National/international register of SIJ fusion – a challenge for physicians and the medical device industry! (Sobottke)

10:00 h - Update on anatomy and histology of the SIJ – what do we really know? (Egund)

10:30 h - Coffee Break

11:00 h - Innervation of the SIJ – are we sure it’s mainly from dorsal ?  (Neuhuber)

11:30 h - SIJ biomechanics – which studies are the most reliable ones (cadaver vs. in vivo vs. Finite element models)  - or  are we all too different? (Böhme)

12:00 h -  Diagnostic imaging: X-ray, MRI, CT, scintigraphy, SPECT-CT – What‘s the adequate individual choice? (Koga)

12:30 h - Lunch Workshops: Join the industrial presentation of the latest SIJ devices 

14:00 h - Session 2

14:00 h - SIJ Arthritis – an obliged group of patients to receive arthrodesis, even at times of biologicals? (Sieper)

14:30 h - Surgery or not? - How to clinically examine the SIJ? (Stuge)

15:00 h -  Recess or SIJ infilitration – do we need both, how to perform it correctly and what response do we require? (Kurosawa)

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 h - Denervation – but do it right! (Roberts)

16:30 h -  SIJ braces – what’s the philosophy and do they really help? (Harms)

17:00 h - 18:00 h  - Round-table:

Diagnostic algorithm for SIJ pathologies: can we establish a gold standard or shall we just continue to try what we are used to? (Fuchs, All)

19:00 Conference Dinner


Saturday, Sept. 19th

08:00 h – Session 3

08:00 h - What are the different SIJ- and leg pain generators and what is the physicians‘ view on the appropriate therapy? (Donner)

08:25 h - There‘s more than the SIJ: Considerations for when to operate on the sacroiliac joint(s) and the lumbar spine at the same setting (Eden)

08:50 h - Who is the SIJ fusion patient - or: how can we avoid unnecessary interventions? (Stark)

09:15 h - It´s not as simple as it seems: Complications of sacroiliac fusion and salvage considerations (Graham Smith)

09:40 h - Coffee Break

10:00 h – Pro/Pontra:

10:00 - SIJ arthrodesis – when and why do we use anterior, posterior or lateral techniques – or do ‘many ways lead to Roma’? (Donner, Eden, Graham Smith, Kibsgard, Murakami, Stark)

11:00 h - Clinical studies on SIJ fusion – how true can we get? (Kibsgard)

11:30 h - Round-table:

11:30 h - What preoperative data and scores do we need? How do we avoid comparing apples with pears in the future? (Stuge, All)

12:00 h - What do we demand from a control group and how do we validate the quality? (Stuge)

12:30 h – Take home message and end of Conference

14:00 h – 16:00 h – EXTRA offer:

  • 1. Hands on: Clinical examination of the SIJ (Stuge)
  • Cadaver Lab: Intraoperative Imaging – how safe can we get? (Fuchs)




  • Böhme, Jörg, PD Dr. med. habil., Clinic for Orthopedic and Traumatologic Surgery, Spine Center, University Hospital, Leipzig, Germany
  • Donner, Jeff, MD, Colorado Spine Institute, Loveland, Colorado, USA
  • Egund, Niels, MD, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Eden, Sonia, MD, Neurosurgeon, Assistant Professor at Western Michigan School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
  • Fuchs, Volker, Dr. med. , Orthopedic Dptmt, AMEOS Clinic St. Salvator, Halberstadt, Germany
  • Graham Smith, Arnold, MD, FRCS, FACS, Jacksonville, Fl 32256
  • Harms, Jürgen, Prof. Dr. med., Spinal Surgery, Ethianum Klinik, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Kibsgard, Thomas, MD, Orthopedic Department, University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
  • Koga, Hiroaki, MD, Department of Orthopedic surgery, Kikuno hospital, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Kurosawa, Daisuke, MD, Department of Orthopedic surgery, Low back pain and Sacroiliac joint center, JCHO Sendai hospital, Sendai, Japan
  • Murakami, Eiichi, MD, Department of Orthopedic surgery, Low back pain and Sacroiliac joint center, JCHO Sendai hospital, Sendai, Japan
  • Neuhuber, Winfried, Prof. Dr. med. , Anatomic Institute, FAU, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Roberts, Shannon, PhD candidate, Division of Anatomy, Dept. of Surgery, University Toronto, Canada
  • Sieper, Joachim, Prof. Dr. med, Head of Rheumatology, Charité - University Hospital, Berlin, Germany
  • Sobottke, Rolf, PD Dr. med., Head of Orthopedic Dptmt, Medical Center, Würselen, Germany
  • Stark, John Gregory , MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Backpain Clinic, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Stuge, Britt, Senior Researcher, Division for Neuroscience and Musculoskeletal Medicine, Oslo University Hospital,Oslo, Norway

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Offer 1: Summary videos, download or DVD:  50 EUR/video. Full set of 4 videos = 150 EUR

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