Prof Richard Assaker

eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme Faculty

Prof Richard Assaker is a highly experienced Spine Surgeon and a key member of the eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme faculty.

The Spine Surgery Education Programme contains 180 Spine Surgery Lectures, and contains Specialist Certificates and the full Postgraduate Diploma in Spine Surgery.

The eccElearning Spine Surgery Faculty is made up of over 140 expert spine surgeons and educators. They have collectively supported the development of the world’s first comprehensive, online postgraduate education programme in a medical sub-speciality, spine surgery.

Richard Assaker, MD

  • Professor of Neurosurgery, CHRU Lille, Hôpital Salengro, Lille, France
  • Designer and conceptor of surgical spinal instrumentation – ApoFix, Centaur and Zephir – that have been used in more than 25,000 operations worldwide

Contributions of Prof Richard Assaker

Module: Degenerative Disorders of the Cervical Spine

DOI 10.28962/01.2.002

Prof Richard Assaker is editor of this Module, Degenerative Disorders of the Cervical Spine. It covers the main pathologies of Degenerative Disorders. These include disc herniation of the lumbar as well as the thoracic spine, spinal stenosis, spondylosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis.

Lecture: Clinical findings, pathophysiology and natural history of cervical radiculopathy

DOI 10.28962/01.3.031

This lecture is about the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation and natural history of cervical radiculopathy, starting with describing the burden of the disease with reference to established literature. The etiological causes are explained with reference to imaging findings. The clinical findings are explained in detail and the listener is guided in identifying the pathological level based on clinical examination. The pathophysiology is explained with schematic diagrams. The natural history is explained to enable the selection of appropriate cases for intervention.

Lecture: Cervical radiculopathy – non-operative management

DOI 10.28962/01.3.032

In this lecture, the non-operative management of radiculopathy of the cervical spine is discussed, including drugs, cervical collar, physiotherapy, spine manipulation and spine injection. For each modality the indications, mode of application, contraindications and complications are described, along with the level of clinical evidence available for each modality.

Lecture: Cervical Radiculopathy – Surgical Management

DOI 10.28962/01.3.033

This spine surgery lecture covers the surgical management of cervical radiculopathy. It addresses the description, evaluation, choice of access and surgical technique for patients with persistent cervical radiculopathy recommended for surgical management.

Lecture: Adjacent disc disease and management of cervical TDR

DOI 10.28962/01.3.034

This Lectures discusses the pathways of all major types of pain are discussed, ranging from those having physical origins to the pathological ones.

Lecture: Planning deformity correction: Sagittal Plane Deformity Correction Techniques

DOI 10.28962/01.3.067

This spine surgery lecture deals with planning deformity correction, and the analysis and correction of sagittal and coronal plane imbalances.

Lecture: Interbody Fusion for Scoliosis: TLIF, ALIF, LLIF

DOI 10.28962/01.3.072

This spine surgery lecture discusses the different types of interbody fusion for scoliosis, including Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF), Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) and Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF).