From 2008, when Dr. Sang Ho Lee, from South Korea, idealized and organized the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques (WCMISST) in Hawaii (USA), minimally invasive techniques for spine surgeries have steadily turned into a major focus of attention on the international stage. Dr. Sang Ho Lee has established himself as a global leader and visionary in the development and propagation of these surgeries.
The gathering of orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and interventional pain specialists under the same roof, the WCMISST, and the concept of “Minimal Aggression and Maximum Effectiveness”, as envisaged by Dr. Sang Ho Lee, have both come to fruition. Thanks to this initiative, thousands of patients have since benefited from minimally aggressive treatments and, as a result, been able to quickly resume their regular activities.
Thereafter, in 2010, Dr. Anthony Yeung organized the II WCMISST in Las Vegas, USA, following the same productive approach of the first Congress.
For the first time ever outside the USA, the III WCMISST was held in August of 2012, in Bahia (Brazil), under the chairmanship of Dr. Pil Sun Choi, who had the privilege of bringing together more than 720 experts from 32 countries. The vibrant atmosphere of the III WCMISST fostered the enthusiastic interaction of its participants, thereby ensuring the success of the Congress on all counts. The III WCMISST was a social, political and scientific success.
The support from entities such as SICCMI, WIP and NASS, as well as from traditional supporters (ISMISS, SMISS, IITS, SLAOT, BRAMISS, ISIS and others), has shown that the future of the Spine Surgery lies in the minimally aggression techniques, applied to all fields of spine pathology: degenerative, deformity, trauma, tumor and infection.
During the III WCMISST, the WFMISS was founded by General Assembly, which convened as a WCMISST official activity on August 16th congregate the several Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Societies from all over the world, as well as to ensure the continuity of the WCMISST started by Dr. Sang Ho Lee, led to the establishment of the Federation.
The secretary of WFMISS is currently based in São Paulo and a legal consulting firm has been hired to assist with elaborating the constitution of the entity.
We know that consolidating the WFMISS will not be an easy task. For this reason, your help is essential to the strengthening and representativeness of our young Federation!