Module 4: Adult Deformity

This Module covers Adult Deformity of the Spine. It extensively covers the different aspects of adult deformities in spinal disorders. It is one of nine Modules of the Spine Surgery Diploma.

It takes 2-3 months to complete with a study commitment of 7-9 hours per week.

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CME Credits: Up to 69 CME Credits available

Duration: 4 Months Access – expandable to 24 Months with subsequent Module purchases

Tuition language: English

Course Structure: The online lecture is in video format with English transcription, with pre- and post- learning assessment and additional learning materials.

Study Commitment: 7-9 hours study per week

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Editor: Prof Daniel Chopin

What you will cover in this Module

This Module covers extensively the different aspects of deformities in spinal disorders in the adult. Introductory lectures concerning the epidemiology, natural history, classification as well as clinical and outcome assessment and radiology are preparing the field.  Adult idiopathic scoliosis and degenerative scoliosis are addressed at length in terms of clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, surgical and non surgical treatment as well as expected outcomes.

Different surgical techniques like minimally invasive deformity surgery, the role of XLIF, ALIF, TLIF and OLIF techniques and the different types of spinal osteotomies with their specific indications are discussed in depth. Scheuermann’s disease and ankylosing spondylitis as a deformity equally are discussed in detail.

A whole section is dedicated to the epidemiology, etiology classification, imaging and treatment of non-degenerative spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the ethiopathogenesis and natural history of adult spinal deformities of any origin
  2. Be aware of and understand the different classification systems in adult deformities
  3. Be updated on adult spinal deformity in terms of new understanding of the natural history and new treatment options
  4. Become familiar with the different imaging modalities which are used to make treatment-oriented decisions
  5. Understand in particular the biomechanics of the instrumented fixation of complex adult deformity correction and stabilisation
  6. Recognise the paramount importance of balance in the adult spine and in particular, sagittal balance
  7. Learn to define precisely, surgical indications based on objective evaluation and diagnostic algorithms
  8. Recognise the limitations of conservative treatment modalities

Target Groups

Spine Fellows

and trainees studying at fellowship level in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services

Practicing Spine Surgeons

in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for Continuing Education or recertification

Orthopaedic and 
Neurosurgical Residents

who wish to deepen their specialist knowledge

Non surgical spine specialists

interested in expanding their spine knowledge

Module Editor

Daniel Chopin, MD
CHRU Lille, Hôpital Salengro, Lille, France
Advisory Board, European Spine Journal

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Module 4 Deformity in Adults and Spondylolisthesis

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Module 4: Adult Deformity

  • 23 Online Spine Lectures
  • 46 Pre- and Post-Learning Assessments
  • 16 Anatomy and Surgical Access Films
  • Downloadable References from European Spine Journal, Spine, Open Operating Theatre and more
  • Up to 69 CME Credits
  • Module Examination
  • 4 Months Access – Expandable to 24 Months Access with subsequent Module purchases

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an eccElearning Module?

A: eccElearning Modules are in-depth surgical education courses focused on a specific area of expertise - for example, Spine Trauma or Spine Tumours. They are collections of 3-5 Knowledge Packages, so contain 13-23 online spine surgery Lectures and all materials associated with them, including narrated Lecture presentations, assessments, downloadable references, CME Credits and the Certificate Examination. You can work towards the full Spine Surgery Diploma by completing all the relevant Modules.

Q: What does a Module include?

A: Modules are made up of 13-23 online spine surgery Lectures relevant to the Module area. This means you get all online Lecture Presentations, downloadable references, pre- and post- learning assessments, CME Credits and the Module Examination. You will have access to all these materials for 4 months - if you buy subsequent Modules, access will extend up to a maximum of 24 Months.

Q: Who recognises the eccElearning courses?

A: All eccElearning Lectures are CME accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), of the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS). EACCME credits can be converted into an equivalent number of American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits, so you can be sure the qualification is recognised internationally. eccElearning is also endorsed by the European Spine Journal.

Q: Is there a final exam?

A: All our Modules have a final 1-hour Multiple-Choice Question Examination. The Examination is only able to be taken once all the Lecture Assessments for that Module have been completed successfully.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing a Module?

A: Yes, you have a study period of 4 Months, though typical completion time is 2-3 Months. If you buy subsequent Modules within this time, your access will be extended by a further 4 Months per Module, up to a maximum of 24 Months.

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