Since its foundation in 1989, the International Society for Minimal Invasive Spinal Surgery (ISMISS / www.ismiss.com affiliated to SICOT) aims for well controlled information and methodical instruction in the rapidly evolving field of spinal surgery. So starting in the US and central Europe in the eighties, since the nineties a rapid growth was to observe in Korea and Japan, in the young 21th century also in China. Respectively interested groups of active spinal surgeons brought up the new techniques and their experiences to periodically organized meetings under the auspices of ISMISS. The goal remains to allow first hand information on new techniques, their concepts with well defined indications, limits and results. As in other fields of surgery, minimal invasive techniques challenge today former golden standards and sollicitate our critical evaluation and responsibility for well defined respective clinical practice. So all over the world several courses are now organized under the auspices of ISMISS under this commitment.
Beside technical and operative aspects also clinical analysis of indications, learningcurves and follow-up criteria deserve our interest in worldwide economically restricted conditions and an evident need for outcome quality control. So also a need is evident for ISMISS to define common sense definitions and guidelines, helping so all active partners in the field of minimal invasive spinal surgery to orient themselves in the rapid evolution in this field.
So in the nearby 20 years tradition of ISMISS, also this first specific meeting under the auspices if ISMISS in Turkey shall reflect an up-date on already done proven steps in this field, the actual state of the art and ongoing innovative developments in this continuously evolving branch of spinal surgery. We thank Dr. S. Tolgay from Istanbul and his group for the superb organization of this meeting. It is with great pleasure that we see the large interest of our colleges in Turkey. We are convinced that such an exchange between local and international pioneers and experts sharing the course faculty promise to contribute to a vivid and collegial atmosphere of this first turkish meeting and making many new friendships and bridges with this amazing country.
Hansjoerg F. Leu, M.D.
President Elect ISMISS 2008-2011