Scoliosis is a global medical concern affecting near 200 million people worldwide with over 60 million of those individuals unable to receive treatment due to lack of access to basic surgical care. If left untreated, severe scoliosis can lead to chronic pain, difficulty breathing, paralysis and early death. In order to improve the quality of care and availability of first-rate treatment for the maximum number of patients, Global Spine Outreach focuses on spinal surgery education.
GSO’s focus is to provide hands-on surgical education and training to in-country surgeons. Through graduated, long-term educational models, we empower local surgeons to safely treat the most complex spinal problems in their own communities. By training teams on site, we can address the entire treatment process from diagnosis to surgical recovery. Over time, we help create sustainable spine centers that serve their regions year-round. The training is equally valuable to volunteer surgeons from the USA and abroad who can bring their experience back to their own communities.