Irish Spine Society Annual Meeting 

October 5th 2019 

Venue: Human Biology Building, NUI, Galway 

Theme: The Aging Spine 

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Agenda 

Schedule – October 05th 2019

Venue – Human Biology Building, Galway, Ireland

The Meeting has been approved for 6 External CPD Credits by the RCSI

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7CEUs by the NMBI  

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8:30am – 9:00am

Human Biology Building

Registration

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9:00am – 9:05am

Human Biology Building

Welcome from Prof John McCabe President, Irish Spine Society & Mr. Joseph Butler, Secretary, Irish Spine Society 

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9:05am – 10:15am

Human Biology Building

Morning Session – Free Papers

Chairpersons: 

Mr Mark Dolan, Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon CUH/SIVUH

Mr Seamus Morris, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin.

1.1  Major Spinal Trauma in the Elderly: A Retrospective Review

Katharina Nagassima Rodrigues Dos Reis, Daniel P. Ahern, Shane Evans, Denys Gibbons, Joseph S Butler

1.2 Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures in Ireland: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Dr Eva M. McCabe, Dr Ammar Ibrahim, Dr Raj Singh, Catherine Armstrong, Fiona Heaney, Dr Diane Bergin, Prof. John P. McCabe, Prof. John J. Carey

1.3 The Evolution of the Multidisciplinary Team in the Management of Complex Spinal Metastasis Cases – a 1 Year Review

Tony Farrell, Hazel Denton, Seamus Morris

1.4 High Proportion of Hip Fracture Patients have Unrecognised Vertebral Fractures on CTPA

Mr Michael A. Kelly, Dr Eva McCabe, Dr Diane Bergin, Prof. Stephen R. Kearns, Prof. John P. McCabe, Prof. John J. Carey

1.5 A Single Centre Study: Trends in Spinal Tumours

H. Denton, A. Farrell, S. Morris

1.6 Myths of Back Pain and Its Association with Back Pain in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Cross Sectional Study

Ibrahim Jaly, S. Srinivas, L. Andre, C. Bruce, N. Davidson, J. Trivedi, S. Munigangaiah.

1.7a Improving Access to a National Neurosurgical Spinal Service: Getting the Patient there on Time

Gallagher, C. Treanor, W. Lenehan, C. Ni Fhlathartaigh, J. Caird, Donncha O’Brien, David O’Brien, S. Young, C. Bolger

1.7b Improving Access to the National Neurosurgical Service:  Getting the Right Patient to the Right Place

Treanor, W. Lenehan, C. Gallagher, C. Ni Flathartaigh, J. Caird, David O’Brien, Donncha O’Brien, S. Young, C. Bolger.

1.8 Development of a Robot Navigated Spine Surgery Program

Jake McDonnell, Daniel P. Ahern, Tiarnán Ó Doinn, Denys Gibbons, Katharina Nagassima, Joseph S Butler

1.9 Back to Back Surgeries – A Clinic Case Report Regarding Multiple Complex Spinal Surgeries for Treatment of Multiple Osteochondroma with Histological Conversion to Chondrosarcoma

Dr Niall Gallagher, Mr Anthony Farrell, Mr Seamus Morris

1.10 Sacral Resection Galway Experience

Mr Hussam Elkhwad, Prof. Aiden Devitt, Prof. John McCabe

1.11 Auto-Decompression: Preserved Neurological Function in Bilateral Cervical Facet Dislocations

Tiarnán Ó Doinn, Andrew J. Hughes, Daniel P. Ahern, Seamus Morris, Joseph S. Butler

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10:15am – 10:40am

Human Biology Building

Presenter: Professor Rose Anne Kenny

Professor Geriatric Medicine / Consultant (Medical Gerontology), Trinity College, Dublin (TCD )

Presentation: Aging in Ireland  

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10:40am – 10:50am

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Questions & Answers

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10:50am – 11:20am

Human Biology Building

Tea/Coffee & Trade Exhibition, Foyer HBB

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11:20am – 11:35am

Human Biology Building

Presenter: Professor John Carey

Consultant Physician in Medicine and Rheumatology, Galway University Hospitals. Personal Professor in Medicine, National University of Ireland, Galway  
Presentation: Osteoporosis Burden on Spine Disease

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11:35am – 11:50am

Human Biology Building

Presenter: Professor John McCabe

Personal Professor Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery, Galway University Hospitals, Bon Secours Hospital Galway, National University of Ireland Galway 

Presentation: Surgery on the Osteoporotic Spine  

 

    

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11:50am – 12:05pm

Human Biology Building

Presenter: Mr Nagy Darwish 

Consultant Spine Surgeon, NHS Trust, Belfast  
Presentation: Spine fractures in the Elderly 

 

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12:05pm - 12:20pm

Human Biology Building

Questions & Answers

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12:20pm – 12:40pm

Human Biology Building

President’s Address: Professor John P. McCabe

Personal Professor Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery, Galway University Hospitals, Bon Secours Hospital Galway, National University of Ireland Galway  

 

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12:40am – 13:40pm

Human Biology Building

Working Lunch & Trade Exhibition, HBB Foyer 

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13:40pm – 14:00pm

Human Biology Building

Presenter: Dr Stephen Haffey

Consultant Neurophysiologist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust 

Presentation: The Value of Spinal Monitoring during Spine Care  

 

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14:00pm – 14:15pm

Human Biology Building

Presenter: Ms Caroline Treanor 

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Neurosurgical Spinal Service, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
Presentation: The Value of Developing a National Spine Registry 

 

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14:15pm - 14:30pm

Human Biology Building

Questions & Answers

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14:30pm - 15:40pm

Human Biology Building

Afternoon Session – Free Papers

Chairpersons: 
Mr Michael K Dodds, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and The Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street

Prof Aiden Devitt, Galway University Hospitals

2.1 Comparative Study of Rib Based Anchors versus Spine Based Anchors in Growing Rod System

Srinivas, S. Munigangaiah, J. Trivedi, C. Bruce, N. Davidson

2.2 Two Stage Anterior-Posterior Fusion for Double Major Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Jake McDonnell J, Daniel P. Ahern, Darren F. Lui, Haiming Yu, Adam Benton, Anna Berridge, Alexander Gibson, Joseph S. Butler, Sean Molloy

2.3 Harrington Rod Costo-Pelvic Distractor as Temporary Intra-Operative Spinal Distracting Device

Mr Hussam Elkhwad, Mr Matthew Nagle, Mr Patrick Kiely, Mr Jacque Noel

2.4 Comparison of a Dual Surgeon versus Single Surgeon Approach for Scoliosis Surgery. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Joshua William Hayes, Iain Feeley, Kyle Borain, Martin Davey, Connor Green

2.5 Intra-operative Spinal Cord Monitoring during Spinal Cord Surgery: Does it have any Clinical Value?

B.Murphy, J.P. McCabe

2.6 The Impact of Surgical Fixation Timing in Traumatic Spinal Fractures: A Retrospective Cohort Study

John Mahon, Shane R. Evans, Daniel P. Ahern, Joseph S. Butler

2.7 Timing of Surgical Fixation in Traumatic Spinal Fractures: A Systematic Review

Daniel P. Ahern, Jake McDonnell, Declan Ross, Tiarnán Ó Doinn, Joseph S. Butler

2.8 Scheuermann’s Kyphosis: Comparison of 2-Stage Anterior and Posterior Fusion versus 1-Stage Posterior only Fusion

Jake McDonnell, Daniel P. Ahern, Darren F. Lui MCh, Haiming Yu, Jan Lehovsky, Hilali Noordeen , Sean Molloy, Joseph S. Butler, Alexander Gibson

2.9  Transfer-Time Dependent Mortality Analysis of Odontoid Fractures: A Retrospective Review

Jake McDonnell, Daniel P. Ahern, Enda G Kelly, Joseph S. Butler

2.10 Initial Experiences with Carbon-Fibre Implants for Patients with Cord-Level Spinal Metatastic Disease

H.Denton, R. Lynham, M. Dodds

2.11 Examining the Relationship between Study Location and Study Outcome in Spinal Research

D.M. Dalton, F. McCabe, J.P. McCabe

2.12 Online Psychological Intervention to Promote Healthy Adjustment and Reduce Risk of Chronic Post-Surgical Pain Following Surgery for Scoliosis: Evaluation of iCanCope Post-Op Smartphone App

P.O’Reilly, B. O’Grady, M. Mulry, B. O’Dwyer, K. McCarthy, P. Kiely, A. Hundert, J. Stinson, B. McGuire

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15:40pm – 16:10pm

Human Biology Building

Tea/Coffee, Posters & Exhibition, Foyer HBB

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16:10pm – 16:30pm

Human Biology Building

Presenter: Mr Joseph Butler 

Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital & Mater Private Hospital

Presentation: Degenerative Cervical Spondylosis

 

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16:30pm – 16:50pm

Human Biology Building

Presenter: Mr David O’Brien 

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland 
Presentation: Lumbar Canal Stenosis in the Aging Spine 

 

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16:50pm – 17:10pm

Human Biology Building

Presenter: Mr Odhran Murray 

Consultant Spine Surgeon, NHS, Glasgow & Clyde 
Presentation: The Management of Adult Spine Deformity. 

 

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17:10pm - 17:30pm

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Questions & Answers

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17:30pm – 17:45pm

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Closing Remarks

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17:45pm

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Conference Ends

ORGANISERS

Professor John P McCabe, President Irish Spine Society

Biography

Current Positions:
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon (Spine and Hip/knee surgery), Bon Secours Hospital and Galway University Hospitals,
Professor of Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery, NUI, Galway,
President of The Irish Spine Society,      Former Medical Director, Bon Secours Hospital, Galway.

Education

1985: Conferred with an honours medical degree from NUI Galway and awarded first place in class for the final medical year

1989: F.R.C.S.I. RCSI

1989: Master of Medical Science Degree, NUIG

1990: Master in Surgery, NUIG

1993: F.R.C.S (Orth) RCSI

1994: Certificate of Accreditation in Orthopaedic Surgery ,Intercollegiate Board

1995: Fellowship in Spine Surgery, The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Hospital -Cornell Medical Centre, New York

1996: Fellowship in Joint Reconstructive Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Hospital -Cornell Medical Centre, New York

2017: Personal Professor in Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery, NUI, Galway

 

Clinical Practice
Having commenced practice in Galway in 1996, Professor Mc Cabe is the longest-serving Spine Surgeon in the Irish Public System. His expertise covers the full spectrum of traumatic, degenerative and tumour spine conditions as well as deformity surgery. He has pioneered technologies in this area including anterior and posterior cervical fixation and percutaneous spinal surgery. He has particular expertise in the management of complex spinal conditions in the presence of prior surgery.
Professor Mc Cabe also has an extensive practice in hip and knee surgery given his unique dual fellowship training in the world-renowned Hospital For Special Surgery, New York. This experience has ensured that he is skilled and has a wealth of knowledge in dealing with all aspects of musculoskeletal conditions pertaining to the spine and hip/knee area, conditions which often times can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

Research and Publications:
Professor Mc Cabe is very involved in ongoing research and teaching particularly in the area of spinal surgery. He has over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals as well as a number of co-authored book chapters in both spinal surgery and arthroplasty. He presents regularly at national and international meetings.

Areas of Interest

Spine

Hip & Knee Surgery

Mr Joseph Butler, Secretary Irish Spine Society

Biography

Mr Butler completed surgical training in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He subsequently completed clinical fellowship training in complex spine deformity and tumour surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, UK; spine trauma and degenerative spine surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA; and complex, revision and minimally invasive spine surgery at the Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA.

 

 

He is an active clinical and laboratory researcher based at Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded a PhD in bone biology by University College Dublin and has over 100 publications and 100 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. He has 40 major national and international awards for his research work and is on the editorial board of several major journals in the fields of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Surgery. He is the secretary of the Irish Spine Society (ISS) and sits on the Biologics & Basic Research Committee and Robotics & Navigation Committee of the North American Spine Society (NASS). His h-index is 21 and he has over 1300 citations of his research.

Appointments

National Spinal Injuries Unit, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital,

Mater Private Hospital & Tallaght University Hospital.

Location

Please Note: 

Parking for visitors is available throughout campus on Saturday. We ask that delegates ensure they park in designated places only. 

Sponsors

SPEAKERS

Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Professor Geriatric Medicine/Consultant (Medical Gerontology), Trinity College, Dublin (TCD)

Biography

Professor Rose Anne Kenny holds the Chair of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin and is the Founder and Principal Investigator of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Ireland’s flagship research project in ageing. Professor Kenny’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of neurocardiovascular ageing. In 2016, she launched a new 120-bedded clinical research institute (Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing – MISA) on the site of Ireland’s largest teaching hospital (St. James’s Hospital), where she is Director of a state of the art dedicated falls and syncope facility – the largest such clinical model in Europe.

Prior to her present appointments, she held the Chair of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, where she was Head of the Academic Department of Medical Gerontology for 12 years. 

Professor Kenny has held a number of senior positions including, Chair of the American Geriatric Society: Falls Prevention Guidelines (2001 & 2011), Chair of the European Cardiac Society/ European Heart Rhythm Association Guidelines for Syncope units (2015), Member of the European Cardiac Society (ECS) Syncope Guidelines Taskforce 2018, Board Member of the EU H2020 Advisory Group for Societal Challenge and Co-Chair of the working group “Transforming the Future of Ageing” lead by the Scientific Advisory Policy by European Academies (SAPEA). She is also Advisor to the Irish Government for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Irish Citizens’ Assembly on Ageing. She has received a number of international awards and has published widely, authoring over 500 publications to date. In 2014, she was the first female physician to be elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), Irelands highest achievement for scientific excellence and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, London and Ireland (FRCPEdin, FRCP & FRCPI) and of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD).

Presentation

Aging in Ireland

Mr David O’Brien, Consultant Neurosurgeon, The National Neurosurgery Centre, Beaumont Hospital

Biography

Qualified in University College Galway (now National University of Ireland Galway) in 1986.  After 12 months internship, I did my basic surgical training in Galway from 1987 to 1990, followed by one year as Clinical Lecturer in Surgery. I began my neurosurgery training in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin with higher neurosurgical training in Manchester, England. Travelled to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia initially as an International Fellow but subsequently became a consultant neurosurgeon with a special interest in complex spinal surgery.  

Returned to England as a consultant neurosurgeon with a special interest in complex spinal surgery to the Hull Royal Infirmary in 1999.  Whilst in England completed degrees in business (MDA) and in Medical Law (LL.M).  Returned to the Department of Neurosurgery in Beaumont Hospital Dublin in 2009, continuing a keen interest in complex spinal disorders.

Presentation

Lumbar Canal Stenosis in the Aging Spine

Professor John Carey, Consultant Physician in Medicine and Rheumatology, Galway University Hospitals. Personal Professor in Medicine, National University of Ireland, Galway  

Biography

Qualified in University College Galway (now National University of Ireland Galway) in 1986.  After 12 months internship, I did my basic surgical training in Galway from 1987 to 1990, followed by one year as Clinical Lecturer in Surgery. I began my neurosurgery training in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin with higher neurosurgical training in Manchester, England. Travelled to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia initially as an International Fellow but subsequently became a consultant neurosurgeon with a special interest in complex spinal surgery.  

Returned to England as a consultant neurosurgeon with a special interest in complex spinal surgery to the Hull Royal Infirmary in 1999.  Whilst in England completed degrees in business (MDA) and in Medical Law (LL.M).  Returned to the Department of Neurosurgery in Beaumont Hospital Dublin in 2009, continuing a keen interest in complex spinal disorders.

Presentation

Osteoporosis Burden on Spine Disease

Mr Nagy Darwish, Consultant Spine Surgeon, NHS Trust, Belfast

Biography

Orthopaedic spinal consultant currently working at Royal Victoria hospital and Musgrave park hospital in Belfast, 20 years experience in the field of spine surgery, including management of spinal fractures, Degenerative disc disease, Adult deformity and spinal metastatic tumors. Moved to Northern Ireland in 2013. Prior to my current post I filled the post as a clinical director for Orthopaedic and trauma department at the British Virgin Islands where I established and developed Orthopaedic and trauma services in this small country. Before my move to BVI ( 2006) I worked in Devon as an Orthopaedic consultant with interest in Spine surgery from 1998.

 

 

I had the opportunity to do fellowship in Spine at the Hong Kong university hospitals for a year, and a second year of fellowship with Mr. Chris Weatherley  at Royal Exeter hospitals Devon, during this period Imanaged to publish my thesis on Thoraco- lumbar spine fractures management ( Birmingham university). In addition I did a year in spinal injuries unit at Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic center ( Oswestry) ” 

Presentation

Spine Fractures in the Elderly

Dr Stephen Haffey 

Biography

Dr Stephen Haffey is a Consultant Neurophysiologist in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. He has experience in Spinal Cord Monitoring since 2002 and has worked in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

 

Presentation

The Value of Spinal Monitoring during Spine Care 

Mr Odhrán Murray, Consultant Spine Surgeon, NHS, Glasgow & Clyde, UK

Biography

I am a fellowship trained, dedicated consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeon, currently based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

I maintain an active interest in research, with numerous publications and awards. I am a regular faculty member on several orthopaedic/ spinal courses, as I enjoy teaching. Throughout my career, I have taken a keen interest in changing practice for the better; including developing and leading several award wining projects in fracture and spinal care. In addition, I work closely with university and industry to develop new orthopaedic and spinal implants.

I trained as a registrar in the West of Scotland before embarking on a pre-CCT spinal fellowship in Galway, Ireland. I completed my post-CCT advanced spinal fellowship as the ‘National Spinal Fellow’ in Leeds, England. My Practice includes general cervical, thoracic, and lumbar surgery, as well as complex degenerative, adult deformity, tumour and trauma spinal surgery.

As a fellowship trained spinal orthopaedic spinal surgeon, my elective practice is now entirely dedicated to spinal surgery. I diagnose and treat a wide rage of spinal disorders from simple low back pain to complex spinal disorders, such as adult deformity.

My common surgical procedures include (but not exclusively):

  • Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar decompression
  • Posterior lumbar decompression & fusion
  • Thoracolumbar fixation
  • ALIF
  • XLIF
  • ACDF
  • Posterior cervical decompression and fusion
  • Coccyx injection
  • Nerve root blocks
  • Kyphoplasty / vertebroplasty

 

Presentation

 

The Management of Adult Spine Deformity

 

REGISTRATION

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The registration fee includes:

• Access to the conference sessions
• Access to the exhibition and posters
• Conference programme
• Tea/coffee breaks and working lunch on the 05th of October

 

The Meeting has been approved for 6 External CPD Credits by the RCSI

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7 CEUs by the NMBI 

 

 

Cancellation Policy

Registration fee is non-refundable.
Registrations are transferable (within the same category) until October 05th.
All cancellations must be sent in writing via e-mail to info@irishspinesociety.ie.

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