Department of Spinal Surgery II @ Ospedale Galeazzi - Sant'Ambrogio

The 2nd Division of the Spinal Surgery Unit at the Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi Research Hospital is a National Reference Centre of the Italian Society for Spinal Surgery. It is a training centre for surgeons specialised in Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery. It is also a centre for the Masters programme in Spinal Surgery of the Italian Society of Spine Surgery as well as a home to the international courses of AOSpine International. 

The Department is a permanent training site for surgeons from all over Europe and Overseas countries for the refinement of minimally invasive fusion techniques (ALIF technique with “perinavel”, Lateral and Oblique approach). 

The director of the Department is Dr. Roberto Bassani. He is a member of several faculty board as well an international lecturer, involved in many training courses for spinal surgeons. He is an active member of the Italian Society of Spine Surgery (GIS), and a member of the board of AOSpine and other high-level scientific societies such as the American Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and EUROSPINE.

The main clinical and surgical areas are: congenital and degenerative pathologies of the spine and huge deformity.  The main research field is the study and development of anterior approaches to the spine using minimally invasive techniques based on the respect of the normal anatomy.

Our excellence in numbers


procedures performed per year

Notable advanced technological equipment

  • HD ENCOSCOPE for MIS anterior to the lumbar spine
  • Original MIS retractor for MIS anterior & posterior
  • 3D C ARM and O-ARM for complex deformity
  • Jackson table for huge deformity and multiple approaches

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Meet our team

Head physician

Roberto Bassani

Orthopedic surgeon
Roberto Bassani

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Ospedale Galeazzi - Sant'Ambrogio

The new hospital brings together in a single facility Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, the first hospital for orthopaedic admissions that performs 75% of all revision orthopaedic surgeries in Italy, and Istituto Clinico Sant'Ambrogio, example of healthcare excellence for its cardiovascular unit as well as for the diagnosis and treatment of obesity.

The new Ospedale Galeazzi - Sant’Ambrogio (OGSA), accredited by the Italian National Healthcare System (SSN), and given an IRCCS status (Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare) by the Italian Ministry of Health for the study of the locomotor system disorders, it is a center of excellence for clinical and pre-clinical biomedical research, and it is well-known for its teaching activity as a learning site for the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in agreement with the University of Milan.

As former Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, it is known for its achievements in the field of sports medicine and is now home for RE.GA.IN, a regenerative medicine center for the treatment of cartilage and tendon pathologies.

Since 2007, the Institute has become a member of the ISOC (International Society of Orthopaedic Centers), recognized as one of the 19 institutes of excellence in the field of orthopaedics representing 16 countries.

Former Istituto Clinico Sant'Ambrogio adds to the new OGSA its healthcare excellence in treatment of cardiovascular pathologies with over 500 interventions of cardiac surgery and 2,500 interventional cardiology procedures per year thus becoming among the first Italian centers for cardiovascular treatments. The Cardiothoracic Center represents a point of excellence in mini-invasive cardiac surgery and in the percutaneous aortic valve replacement. Additionally, former Istituto Clinico Sant'Ambrogio is in the first place among the Lombardy hospitals for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction.