AOSpine Latin America
AOSpine is an international community of spine surgeons generating, distributing, and exchanging knowledge to advance science and the spine care profession through research, education, and community development. With this collaborative approach AOSpine continues to advance spine care worldwide.
In the late 1990s, a group of spine surgeons led by John Webb, Max Aebi, and Paul Pavlov, supported by the AO's industrial partners, pushed for greater autonomy for the spine surgeons within the AO.
The late 1940s saw the culmination of the random development of fracture fixation devices starting in the mid 19th century, an eclectic mix of implants from a great variety of surgical "authors", none designed to complement the others. The biology of bone healing had not been investigated scientifically and knowledge was sparse.
In 1949, a Belgian surgeon, Robert Danis, published a book entitled Théorie et Pratique de l'Ostéosynthèse. This, his second book on fracture fixation, documented his concepts of early functional rehabilitation following rigid fracture fixation.