Education and Training

The RIWOspine education program offers excellent opportunities to learn more about the full-endoscopic technique for spine surgery.  It is a comprehensive training concept consisting of different modules that progress physicians toward successful implementation of these innovative techniques in their hospitals or surgery centers.

Over the years, the program has been refined by the experiences of our world-class instructors, and by feedback from attendees, to convey the most information and technical skill as possible in an efficient and enjoyable manner.  The standardization of techniques and optimized course programs help ensure attendees are ready for their first cases. 

Let us tailor an education and clinical support plan to your needs. Contact your RIWOspine representative.


Clinic & Science

Those wishing to learn about endoscopic spine surgery have a number of options. Initial information is available on this website and in RIWOspine literature and scientific articles. Videos on this website can provide an excellent introduction to possibilities of full-endoscopic spine surgery techniques.

International symposia provide the opportunity, through didactic sessions and live surgery observation, to learn more about endoscopic spine surgery and its possibilities.  Opportunities also exist to attend an international clinical observation session, to view the full-endoscopic spine techniques and discuss the techniques with expert practitioners. 

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Surgical Skill Training

Training courses are tailored to the backgrounds and experience levels of the participants.  In beginner courses, the most basic and safest techniques are taught to help ensure successful outcomes for appropriate indications.  As the physician’s ability progresses, courses teaching more advanced techniques are provided to expand the number of potential indications while still advancing successful outcomes.

Courses include didactic and discussion by recognized leaders in spine endoscopy, and cover anatomy, indications, anesthesia, techniques, and clinical pearls.  The majority of the course is devoted to demonstrations and hands-on cadaver training for all steps of the techniques.

Courses are held regularly during the year at Prima Vista Academy in the Chicago area, and periodically at other locations throughout the country.  A range of courses are also provided internationally.  Contact your RIWOspine rep for more information.



Application Support

Our clinical team, trained by the world’s most renowned endoscopic surgeons, will be there to support your first cases.  They will make sure you have everything you need and that your staff is well trained to ensure you have the best chance for success from the very first case. 

Full-endoscopic Spine Surgery Training Modules

Basic Training

The aim of this course is to get to know the scientific backround and the possibilities in full-endoscopic spine surgery, to learn principles and techniques and to make initial practical experiences with the full-endoscopic technique on the lumbar spine in hands-on training.

After the course, you will know the standardized endoscopic approaches to the lumbar spine and indication criteria.

  • Practical exercises for participants on specimen or training models
  • Live demonstrations of full-endoscopic lumbar surgeries
  • Theoretical steps for interlaminar / transforaminal technique

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Intensive Training

The aim of this course is to enable surgeons to start with full-endoscopic spine surgery in their hospitals. After the course you will be able to perform simple clinical cases, supported by our clinical specialists or instructors.

  • Theoretical and practical steps for interlaminar/transforaminal technique
  • 1 day practical exercises for participants on specimen 
  • Use and advantage of different instruments and devices

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Master Class Training

In this course, experienced spine surgeons have the opportunity to expand their already existing knowledge and skills in full-endoscopic techniques and to learn the use of special instruments. Participants in this course should already have performed full-endoscopic surgery on several cases.

There are different types of Master Class training available, which can be requested depending on your demands.


  • Master Class Training lumbar stenosis
  • Master Class Training cervical 
  • Master Class Training lumbar interbody fusion 

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Pain Management Training Courses

Facet and SI Joint Denervation / Nucleoplasty

This one-day course focuses on percutaneous and endoscopic techniques for the relief of pain related to peripheral structures of the spine. Pain Management Physicians and Surgeons are invited to learn denervation and basic decompressive techniques through extensive hands-on practice in the cadaver lab.

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E-book for full-endoscopic spine surgery

"This E-book combines standardized surgical techniques with years of practical experience to help surgeons to perform full-endoscopic techniques at the spine in the best possible way."

Dr. Sebastian Ruetten, Dr. Martin Komp and  Dr. Ali Güven Yörükoglu share all their  experience and knowledge about full-endoscopic spine surgery with interested spine surgeons to make sure everyone can benefit from their insights.


  • Comprehensive and all in one information

  • Step-by-step instruction videos for a quick overview and recap of the individual surgical steps for interlaminar, foraminal approach and over-the-top decompression

  • Detailed information about OR preparation and set-up

  • Full case videos which can be selected by different filters to see exactly the case surgeons are most interested in

  • RIWOspine product overview and information

  • Latest approach and surgical background information about the criteria how to select the different approaches

  • High-quality hardware for daily use and smooth operation

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