8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Thursday, January 23

Spinal Cord Stimulation Programming: Basics, Science, Coding

This crucial and exciting workshop will present the principles needed to program your spinal cord stimulation patients (SCS), understand the science behind electricity to neural tissue, explore waveforms and new technology, and understand the coding of programming in your practice. The target audience is clinicians that currently utilize or are interested in incorporating SCS programming into your clinical practice. The field of neuromodulation is rapidly evolving and several technologies are now clinically available. These systems have diverse lead and stimulation paradigms. It is not always clear how different designs or waveform parameters affect the neural response and corresponding efficacy of the stimulation. Therefore, the goal of this course is to provide clinicians with a framework to understand and implement programming in their practice.

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday, January 23

Controversies in Intrathecal Therapy

IT Therapy is a mature therapy that is currently indicated for chronic pain and severe spasticity. Despite its long history, there are several provocative topics that revolve around this treatment approach. This course will attempt to enlighten attendees on these concerns.

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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Thursday, January 23

Professional Development Workshop

This course is meant for residents, fellows, and new attending physicians in both academics and private practice to fill the void often left by medical training in leadership skills and management. We have a number of nationally renowned speakers to serve as faculty and functional neurosurgeons. Anesthesia pain physicians who are passionate about leadership. At the end of the course, you will be more comfortable advocating for yourself and your team and have a game plan for the year moving forward.

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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Thursday, January 23

Introduction to Intraoperative Neuromonitoring for Spinal Cord Stimulation

The field of neuromodulation is rapidly evolving and the use of intraoperative neuromonitoring for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) has grown tremendously for both interventional pain physicians and surgeons. The Neurostimulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee (NACC) guidelines recommend that any sedated/asleep patient having a SCS placed have intraoperative neuromonitoring for both safety and confirmation of lead placement. This timely and first of its kind workshop will present the principles needed to implement and use intraoperative neuromonitoring for your SCS patients. It will review the basics of set up, interpretation of data, implementation in practice, and the future uses. The target audience is any clinicians that currently use SCS in their practice. This will be valuable and needed for those placing SCS in sedated patients, but also those who may be interested in implanting this rapidly growing change in care. The goal of this course is to provide clinicians with a framework to understand and implement intraoperative neuromonitoring in their practice.

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