Roberto Bassani


Dr. Roberto Bassani is the Head of the Department of Spine Surgery II at the Clinical Research Institute Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi in Milan and also cooperates with the Casa di Cura La Madonnina Clinic.

In 1992, he graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Pavia, where he specialized in Orthopedics and Traumatology five years later.

He shows interest in the treatment of congenital (deformity) and degenerative pathology of the spine, spinal surgery, focusing on the study and application of the anterior approach to the spinal column, as well as the development of minimally invasive methods and technology “non fusion” (disc prostheses, anterior surgical access to the spine, endoscopic surgery of the thoracic spine).

Over the years of his career, Dr. Roberto Bassani has performed more than 3000 major surgical interventions, of which 900 using the anterior approach, on the cervical, dorsal and lumbar spine for the treatment of back injuries, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc diseases of the cervical and lumbar spine, metastatic tumors of the vertebrae, infections and segmental instability of the spine. He is a visiting surgeon in various Italian hospitals, where he performs operations on the lumbar and thoracic spine with anterior approach using minimally invasive and traditional methods.

He has extensive experience working abroad. He cooperated with the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, Institut Mutualiste Montsouris in Paris, Strasbourg University Hospital, Bada Berka in Weimar and Sutter Neuroscience Medical Group in Sacramento from 1998 to 2006. He received a Training License in Spinal Surgery from the European Association of Research Groups for Spinal Osteosinthesis (ARGOS) in Paris in 2000. In 2009, he won The First Prize Winner, awarded by the ARGOS Association.

He is a speaker at international congresses on minimally invasive spinal surgery and lectures at symposia of the Japan Society for the Study of Surgical Technique for Spine and Spinal Nerves (JPSSSTSS). His work has been published in indexed journals such as the European Spine Journal, International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biologye, International Journal of Clinical Medicine.

He is a member of the Italian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology (SIOT), Italian Society for Spine Surgery (GIS), European Association of Research Groups of Spinal Osteosynthesis (ARGOS), Eurospine, Scoliosis Research Society and AOSpine International.

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University of Pavia
Degree in Medicine and Surgery - 1992

University of Pavia
Specialization in Orthopedics and Traumatology - 1997

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Latest publications

Anterior multiple cervical corpectomy and fusion
Eur Spine J. 2014 Sep;23(9):2024-5.
Bassani R, Lamartina C, Casero G, Berjano P.
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Transthoracic lateral retropleural minimally invasive microdiscectomy for T9-T10 disc herniation
Eur Spine J. 2014 Jun;23(6):1376-8.
Berjano P, Garbossa D, Damilano M, Pejrona M, Bassani R, Doria C.
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Failures and revisions in surgery for sagittal imbalance: analysis of factors influencing failure
Eur Spine J. 2013 Nov;22 Suppl 6:S853-8.
Berjano P, Bassani R, Casero G, Sinigaglia A, Cecchinato R, Lamartina C.
Minimally invasive double approach (anterior and posterior) to the lumbar spine in revision surgery
Eur Spine J. 2012 Sep;21(9):1900-2.
Bassani R, Sinigaglia A, Lamartina C.
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Metabolic effects of vitamin D active metabolites in monolayer and micromass cultures of nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus cells isolated from human intervertebral disc
Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2012 Jun;44(6):1019-30. doi: 10.1016/j.biocel.2012.03.012. Epub 2012 Mar 28
Colombini A, Lanteri P, Lombardi G, Grasso D, Recordati C, Lovi A, Banfi G, Bassani R, Brayda-Bruno M.
Criteria to restore the sagittal balance in deformity and degenerative spondylolisthesis
Eur Spine J. 2012 May;21 Suppl 1:S27-31. doi: 10.1007/s00586-012-2236-9. Epub 2012 Mar 13. Review
Lamartina C, Berjano P, Petruzzi M, Sinigaglia A, Casero G, Cecchinato R, Damilano M, Bassani R.
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Video-assisted minimally invasive lumbar total disc replacement
Eur Spine J. 2011 Dec;20(12):2282-3. doi: 10.1007/s00586-011-2077-y.
Bassani R, Sinigaglia A, Lamartina C.
Video-assisted anterior retroperitoneal approach to the lumbar spine. A minimal invasive technique improved by the use of endoscopic camera to treat lumbar spine diseases
IJCM (International Journal of Clinical Medicina): article in press (2014)
Bassani R, Cecchinato R, Morselli C *, Berjano P, Lamartina C
La patologia della colonna vertebrale. capitolo
in “Traumatologia dello Sport – Clinica e Terapia” ed. EMES 2005
Bassani R
Anatomical considerations for Dynamic Neutralization of the Lumbar Spine using less invasive techniques. Lumbar muscles anatomy, architectural analysis and biomechanisms to avoid muscle damage during surgery
capitolo in “Dynamic stabilization of the Lumbar Spine” 2° ed. Sauramps Medical 2014 G.G. Dubois, MD
Bassani R, Serchi E

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