Controversies in Intrathecal Therapy

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

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.

CME Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the North American Neuromodulation Society. The CNS is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The CNS designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe management techniques for unusual clinical scenarios relative to intrathecal drug delivery.
  • Identify the treatment algorithm for intrathecal drug delivery (evaluation, trialing, implantation, long term management).
  • Review the societal concerns that interface with intrathecal drug delivery including interactions with the FDA.
  • Recognize potential pitfalls and controversies when employing intrathecal drug delivery.

Registration Rates:

Registration on or Before November 4, 2019:
Member: $145
Non-Member: $195

Registration After November 4, 2019:
Member: $195
Non-Member: $245


Introduction to Course

Aaron K. Calodney, MD; Michael F. Saulino, MD PhD; Erik Shaw, DO

Patient Selection/Medication Weaning

Joshua Wellington, MD

What Is the Value of Pre-Trialing Psychological Assessment?

W. Michael Hooten, MD

To Trial or Not to Trial

Michael F. Saulino, MD PhD

Novel Troubleshooting Techniques

Michael F. Saulino, MD PhD

FDA Reflections of Intrathecal Therapy

Oscar A. de Leon-Casasola, MD

Combination Therapy for Pain Management

Aaron K. Calodney, MD

Simultaneous Management of Pain/Spasticity with Intrathecal Therapy

Erik Shaw, DO

Pain Management in the Spastic Patient

Andrea Toomer, MD

Combination Therapy for Spasticity Management

John R. McGuire, MD

Managing Acute Pain in a Patient with Intrathecal Therapy

Lawrence Poree, MD PhD MPH

Clinical Impact of Flow Rate and Catheter Tip Location

Peter Konrad, MD PhD

Societal Economics of Intrathecal Therapy

Lisa Stearns, MD

Coding, Billing, and Financial Aspects

Mehul J. Desai, MD MPH

Faculty and Presentations subject to change.

Faculty subject to change.