2016 European Congress General Session

 

Current Trends in Spine Interventions

21-23 October 2016
Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa
Lisbon, Portugal
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General Session


Registration Open
17:00–19:00
Research Poster Presentations
18:00–19:00

Meet the authors as they showcase their research during this 1–hour CME interactive time. Poster Presentations will be on display during the entire 2016 European Congress. To be awarded CME credit, attendees must attend this session.


Welcome Reception with Exhibitors
18:00–20:00

This is your first networking opportunity at the SIS 2016 European Congress.


Saturday, 22 October

Registration Open
8:00–18:30

Morning Coffee with Exhibitors
8:00–8:50


Welcome Remarks
8:50–9:00    

Speaker: Armando M. Barbosa, MD

 


Guidelines: Evidence–Based Diagnosis of Spine Pain
9:00–10:45

Moderator: Michiel O. Schepers, MD

Speakers: Javier De Andrés Ares, MD; Armando M. Barbosa, MD; G. Michael Hess, MD; Stephan Klessinger MD; Edvin Koshi, MD; Timothy P. Maus, MD

Are you sure you perform diagnostic medial branch blocks properly? Do you really know the lumbar medial branch anatomy? What about the mamillo–accessory ligament? Does it matter? Does local anesthetic volume matter in performing diagnostic blocks? Pain can come from a variety of etiologies, and that’s why SIS published the comprehensive compendium known by SIS members as “The” Guidelines. In this course you’ll explore the Guidelines’ diagnostic tools and techniques—the methods recognized as the gold–standard in evidence–based practice.
  • Value of a Physical Exam    
  • Value of Imaging
  • Selective Blocks as a Diagnostic Tool: Philosophical Basis
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block: Anatomy/Technique
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block: Interpretation and Literature Support   
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block: Anatomy/Technique
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block: Interpretation and Literature Support   
  • Cervicogenic Headache 

 


Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:45–11:10


FactFinder: Anticoagulants
11:10–11:25

Speaker: John Tanner, MD
 
SIS FactFinders explore and debunk myths in patient safety. With this SIS FactFinder, you’ll learn about weighing the risks vs. benefits of anticoagulant medications to help you mitigate risks and reach optimal outcomes.


Guidelines: Evidence–Based Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Axial Spine Pain
11:25–13:00

Moderator: Armando M. Barbosa, MD

Speakers: Edvin Koshi, MD; Timothy P. Maus, MD; Michiel O. Schepers, MD; Christopher Wells, MD, FRCA;
Jan Van Zundert MD, PhD, FIPP

Continue your exploration of the SIS Guidelines with an overview of cervical and lumbar epidural steroid injections exploring their use in clinical practice from the points of view of a pain specialist and a spinal surgeon. You’ll take part in a debate on the merits of pulsed vs. conventional RF techniques and learn about new denervation technologies including cryoablation and high–intensity focused ultrasound.


Lunch
13:00–14:00


FactFinder: Sedation
14:00– 14:05

Speaker: John Tanner, MD
 
With this SIS FactFinder, you’ll learn about the risks vs. benefits of using sedation to help you mitigate risks and reach optimal outcomes.


Guidelines: Evidence–Based Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
14:05–16:20

Moderator: Paulo M. Pereira, MD

Speakers: Michael B. Furman, MS, MD; G. Michael Hess, MD; Stephan Klessinger, MD; Timothy P. Maus, MD; Jan Van Zundert, MD, PhD, FIPP; Stephen P. Ward, MBBS, FRCA
     
The final exploration of the SIS Guidelines at the 2016 European Congress focuses on transforaminal epidural steroid injections and their use in broader rehabilitation programs. Take a look at indications and limitations from the point of view of pain specialists and surgeons. Then, explore techniques, normal flow patterns, and risk mitigation for lumbar injections, and finally, learn about transforaminal vs. interlaminar injections recommended for the cervical region.

 


Networking Break with Exhibitors
16:20–16:45



FactFinder: Steroid Fracture Risk
16:45–16:50

Speaker: John Tanner, MD
 
With this SIS FactFinder, you’ll learn about the nexus between steroid use and the risk of fractures to help you avoid steroid–induced osteoporosis.



Pan–European Interventional Pain Treatment
16:50–18:30

Moderator: Javier De Andres Ares, MD
 
Speakers: Duarte Correia, MD; Victor Mayoral Rojals, MD; Jan Van Zundert, MD, PhD, FIPP; Stephen P. Ward, MBBS, FRCA; Christopher Wells, MD, FRCA

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a Pan–European interventional pain treatment curriculum? In this session, you’ll explore guidelines and controversies in interventional pain treatments and training in the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and in the U.K. with a special look at the creation and defence of the U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. Discover the differences compared to SIS Guidelines.



Sunday, 23 October


Registration Open
8:30–13:00

Morning Coffee with Exhibitors
8:30–8:55



FactFinder: Prevention of Infections
8:55–9:05

Speaker: John Tanner, MD
 
With this SIS FactFinder, you’ll learn about proper glove, drape, and skin disinfection techniques to avoid pollution and surgical site infections.


Emerging Minimally Invasive Intervention Technologies
9:05–10:20    

Moderator: Stephan Klessinger, MD

Speakers: Richard Bundschu, MD; Timothy P. Maus, MD; Michiel O. Schepers, MD
 
Emerging technologies have a rapidly expanding influence on most human endeavors, disrupting the status quo. Learn how the latest technologies, including high frequency spinal cord stimulation, intradiscal therapies, and gene therapy are reshaping the spine intervention landscape of today and tomorrow and improving quality-of-life.


Best Abstracts
10:20–10:50    

Moderator: Stephan Klessinger, MD

Learn how the selected abstract authors are broadening your horizons and charting new paths in minimally invasive spine intervention procedures.        


Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:50–11:15


Imaging and Image Guidance
11:15–13:00

Moderator: Timothy P. Maus, MD

Speakers: Armando M. Barbosa, MD; Michael B. Furman, MS, MD; Victor Mayoral Rojals, MD; Relinde Schepers–Bok, MD
 
The imaging and image guidance session will review cervical spine anatomy critical to the interventional pain physician. It will examine imaging findings suspicious for sinister disease (infection, tumor) that should give the interventionalist pause before performing a procedure. The relative merits of fluoroscopy and ultrasound guidance will be debated. Finally, the need for advanced imaging (CT, MRI) prior to spine interventions will be discussed.

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