1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Saturday, January 25

American Academy of Pain Medicine: Multidisciplinary Pain Care to Optimize Neuromodulation Outcomes

Most patients who have spinal cord stimulators (SCS) implanted for chronic pain have long standing and complex pain concerns. In addition to the index pain being targeted for SCS, often there are psychological co-morbidities, physical deconditioning, ongoing opioid pain medication use, and secondary pain problems. In order to truly optimize the desired outcomes for these patients, each of these areas need to be addressed. This session will focus on the latest medical, behavioral, and regenerative medicine approaches to help optimize neuromodulation outcomes.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Tim J. Lamer, MD

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Spine Intervention Society: Radiofrequency Ablation-Assessing the Current Evidence

This session will outline the most evidence-based approach for diagnosing and treating posterior element pain in an interventional spine practice. During this session, we will discuss patient selection and why it is critical to achieving ideal patient outcomes. The importance of performing a critical, evidence-based review and critique of the literature will be reviewed. We will end with a discussion of new technology for ablation for vertebrogenic pain.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Aaron K. Calodney, MD

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Spinal Cord Stimulation Programming: Opening the Blackbox

This session will examine the implications of Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) programming by industry and physicians on individual patient experience and overall clinical outcomes.  We will review the basics of SCS programming. We will discuss industry and physician training regarding SCS training.  We will review SCS programming in major landmark studies and requirements for SCS programming in clinical trials.

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