Gonzalo Mariscal at the summit of orthopedic surgery and traumatology

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Gonzalo Mariscal

Orthopedic surgery resident physician

Founding partner of Omedics

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During September 21-24, one of the most prestigious orthopaedic surgery congresses, the Orthopaedic Summit 2022, took place in Boston (Massachusetts). Getting a paper accepted at this congress is quite a challenge. This year only 10% of all the papers submitted were accepted. One of the members of our team, Dr. Gonzalo Mariscal, has presented a novel research in the field of spine surgery, specifically in scoliosis.

The paper entitled “Abolition of Sagittal T7-T10 Dynamics During Forced Ventilation in Lenke 1A AIS Patients as Compared to Healthy Subjects. An Underlying Factor of Respiratory Limitation in AIS”. This is the first study to provide an answer to an important question in patients with scoliosis. We have shown that T7-T10 vertebral segment stiffness could explain the ventilatory limitations found in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. This is a multicenter study, in which different prestigious Spanish institutions and surgeons with relevant contributions in spine surgery, including Jesús Burgos, Luis Antón-Rodrigálvarez, Eduardo Hevia and Carlos Barrios, have participated.

The clinical implications of this study are notable, as the total restriction of the T7-T10 vertebral segment after instrumented fusion of the thoracic scoliotic curves could explain the lack of improvement in respiratory function after surgery in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

“The congress has been one of the most complete and highest level that I have been able to participate. I have been able to attend lectures by brilliant people and prestigious surgeons. It has been a congress where we have been able to establish new relationships and extract ideas to answer questions that are still unanswered and improve existing studies and technologies.”

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