Saturday, Jan. 14 (23)

4:00-5:30 PM

Neuromodulation Innovation: From Idea to Market

This session will discuss neuromodulation innovation and how to start with an idea and then bring it to market. Specifically around legal considerations, business considerations, patents, and raising capital. We will also discuss how to go about developing new and novel waveforms and how to test those on patients keeping in mind IRB and FDA considerations. The faculty will go over how physicians and basic scientists actually go about innovating and developing new things.


Amol Soin, MD

Eric Schepis, PhD

4:00-5:30 PM

Is The Continued Use of Predictive Testing in Pain Interventions Justified?

Predictive tests before pain interventions such as SCS, ITDD, and RF continue to be practiced and recommended as the mainstay of patient selection. The session will explore the evidence for trials before SCS, ITDD, and the performance of medial branch blocks. The main questions to answer will be: Do the tests have a predictive value? What is the patient benefit of these tests? What is the evidence of harm from the tests if any? And what is the evidence for cost-effectiveness?



Salim M. Hayek, MD PhD

4:00-5:30 PM

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain is a debilitating condition that has a major impact on quality of life, health care resource utilization, and work productivity. It is the single most common reason for referral to women's health services and costs ~1 billion $ per year on its outpatient management. The etiology of chronic pelvic pain includes chronic pelvic pain syndrome [in women and men (formerly known as abacterial prostatitis)], pudendal neuralgia, nerve entrapment, post-surgical pain, cancer-related pain, and perineal/pelvic pain of unknown etiology. Chronic pelvic pain syndrome is often associated with irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, endometriosis, or pelvic/adhesions. Treatment of chronic pelvic pain is multidimensional, including pelvic physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and various pharmacologic agent. However, pain often remains refractory despite this approach, and neuromodulation with Peripheral Nerve Stimulation can offer substantial pain relief in these cases. In addition to neural targets within the pelvis, there's growing evidence to suggest successful pain relief with neural targets outside of the pelvis.

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