Roundtable of Advanced Neuromodulation Cases

This session will present case studies on challenging neuromodulation cases with group discussion on best practices and learning points associated with each case.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the challenges inherent in various types of neuromodulation patients.
  • Describe the multitude of ways to combat challenges as they arrive in your neuromodulation practice.
  • Recognize typical pitfalls associated with specific neuromodulation cases and the various ways to avoid them.
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Thematic Abstract Presentations

The highest-ranked abstracts have been broken up by topic and selected to present during the following concurrent sessions:

  • Next Generation Brain Devices
  • Neuromodulation of Head and Neck Structures
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation: Basic Science
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation: Clinical
  • Neuromodulation Spinal Cord Stimulation and Dorsal Root Ganglion
  • Emerging Roles for Neuromodulation
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Epilepsy Focus Group

The field of epilepsy surgery is rapidly changing, given novel technologies for neurostimulation and image-guided ablation, as well as the increased use of minimally invasive monitoring strategies. This session will help put both new and old treatment options in context, together with example cases.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast traditional diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for epilepsy (e.g., subdural grids and resection) with emerging and minimally invasive alternatives (e.g., neurostimulation, laser, and SEEG).
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3:30–5 pm Saturday, January 13

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Nuances

Physical medicine and rehabilitation encompasses the treatment of neurological and musculoskeletal injuries that have resulted in functional deficits as well as debilitating pain. This session will highlight several common themes faced by the physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology and challenges of treating postamputation pain syndromes, including utilization of peripheral nerve stimulation temporary implants.
  • List potential therapies for poststroke shoulder pain and dysfunction, including peripheral nerve stimulation.
  • Develop strategies for rehabilitating the patient who has received a spinal cord stimulation device.
  • Create novel treatment possibilities for a spinal cord injury using prosthetic applications.
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3:30–5 pm Saturday, January 13

Moving Research Initiatives Forward

Advancing neuromodulation relies on interfaces between researchers, the clinician, industry, and government. This session will examine how to successfully build these multiorganizational relationships.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the types of public-private partnership programs that are available within the National Institutes of Health.
  • Explain how some of these public-private partnership programs, as well as companies, have benefited from investigator-initiated research.
  • Identify the limitations, gaps, and future opportunities of participating in these programs.
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3:30–5 pm Saturday, January 13

Management of Axial Spinal Pain

Treatment of chronic axial spinal pain has always represented a major challenge for the field of neuromodulation. As new techniques in neuromodulation evolve, they show promise for better patient outcomes. This session will review the currently available evidence on spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and intrathecal drug therapy (IDT) for treatment of axial spinal pain.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the role of SCS in axial spine pain.
  • Recognize the evidence for SCS in nonsurgical spinal pain.
  • Describe the role of IDT vs. SCS for axial spinal pain.
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3:30–5 pm Saturday, January 13

NIC: Autonomic Neuromodulation

The autonomic nervous system plays an important role in the regulation of various visceral organs. This session will discuss how autonomic neuromodulation has a great potential for treating various conditions of visceral organs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss monitoring of cardiac neural activity and potentials of neuromodulation for heart failure.
  • Recognize potentials of neuromodulation for gastrointestinal diseases, such as inflammation and dysmotility.
  • Explain bioelectronic methods for blocking the autonomic system.
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3:30–5 pm Saturday, January 13

Advances in Pain Neuromodulation

Chronic abdominal pain, pelvic pain and axial low back pain can be very difficult to treat with conventional methods. In this section, we will explore the appropriate uses as well as advances of using neuromodulation to treat this challenging pain.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the rationale and targets for neuromodulation in chronic abdominal and pelvic pain.
  • Recognize the approach to manage pain with neuromodulation devices.
  • Describe current treatments and advances for hard to capture pain.
  • Identify indications for stimulation
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