Surgeon Training

 

Surgeon Training

The widening breadth of available keyhole surgery needs to be grasped by all surgeons considering a spinal intervention. By the same token the progress in this field raises the need for improved and specific in vivo training focused upon patient selection, supervised surgical exposure, virtual reality training and laboratory simulation.

Patients with degenerative disc disease should be directed increasingly to centres offering these specialist services where the surgeons have undertaken prescribed training and in particular those who have progressed beyond Endoscopic Intradiscal Discectomy to be able to perform Endoscopic Lumbar Decompression and Foraminoplasty.

Such training, including training at the Spinal Foundation is available for UK surgeons with 2 years training after completion of their FRCS.  Other observer self-funded situations are available.

We do like trainees to involve themselves in our research if possible