Dr Emmanuelle Ferrero
eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme Faculty
Dr Emmanuelle Ferrero is a highly experienced Spine Surgeon and a key member of the eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme faculty. The Spine Surgery Education Programme contains 180 Spine Surgery Lectures, and contains Specialist Certificates and the full Postgraduate Diploma in Spine Surgery. The eccElearning Faculty is made up of over 140 expert spine surgeons and educators. They have collectively supported the development of the world’s first comprehensive, online postgraduate education programme in a medical sub-speciality, spine surgery.
Dr Emmanuelle Ferrero, MD
- Georges Pompidou European Hospital, Paris, France
Contributions of Dr Emmanuelle Ferrero
Lecture: Degenerative Scoliosis: Clinical Presentation and Diagnostic Workup
Two types of scoliosis are commonly observed in adulthood: progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis or de novo degenerative scoliosis which developed on a previously aligned spine. The 3 chief complaints in adult scoliosis are pain (low back pain or radiculalgia), progressive deformity and aesthetic request. Therefore, diagnostic workup should include medical history and clinical exam with pain evaluation, neurologic exam, alignment evaluation (spine and hip). Fullspine AP and lateral radiographs are mandatory to assess global and local alignment in coronal and sagittal plane. Bending and traction films are useful to assess curves reducibility. MRI and CT scan complete the radiographic workup.
Lecture: Degenerative Scoliosis: Complications of Surgical Treatment
This lecture looks at the complications of degenerative scoliosis. Reasons for doing the surgery in this fragile population are discussed, and the treatment goals are listed so as to familiarise with the types of procedures performed and types of complications to expect. Complications during surgery and in early and late post-operative treatment are covered, and the risk factors which complicate this surgery and described. Finally, strategies to improve the outcome and avoid these complications are presented.
Lecture: Scheuermann’s Kyphosis: Surgical Complications
This spine surgery lecture covers the complications encountered during the surgical correction of Scheuermann’s kyphosis. The lecture begins with a discussion of the possible approaches, the kinds of osteotomies required and how to maintain the correction while fusion is occurring. The lecture includes a look at the entire spectrum of complications occurring during surgery, early post operative and late post op, paying special attention to the development of proximal and distal junctional kyphosis. The steps required for correct selection of fixation levels are presented, along with the complications which one can face if these are not respected. Finally, the dangers of over-correcting the deformity are considered, along with the extent of undercorrection which is best tolerated by the patient.