11:15 AM–12:15 PM Saturday, February 29

The Promise and Reality of Regenerative Medicine in Pain Management (307)

Regenerative medicine (RM) in pain management provides new hope for not only reducing pain as a symptom but also for modifying the disease processes that underlie the mechanisms of pain, whether it is degenerative or neuropathic in nature. However, there are conspicuous gaps between the current clinical practice and the science/clinical evidence for the application of RM in pain management. This session specifically was designed by internationally recognized experts in basic science, translational science, and clinical practice of RM to bridge these gaps.

Emerging MSC Therapy to Combat Opioid Tolerance

Jianguo Cheng

The Science of MSCs and MSC Therapies

Arnold Caplan

The Pivotal Evidence or the Lack of it for Regenerative Medicine in Clinical Practice

Wenchun Qu

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the scientific rationale of RM in pain management.
  • Describe the future direction of RM in pain management by presenting emerging and translational research.
  • Describe the pivotal evidence of RM for specific clinical indications in pain management in terms of metrics, data, and outcomes.
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Co-Presenters:

Arnold Caplan

Wenchun Qu

Moderator:

Jianguo Cheng

11:00 AM-12:00 PM Sunday, March 1

Neuromodulation and Mitigating the Risk of Infection (411)

Neuromodulation increasingly is seen as an alternative opioid-sparing treatment option. Given its increased use, it is vitally important that implanters understand how to identify patients at increased risk of infection, mitigate infection, and manage infection. Attendees will leave this session feeling more confident in how to decrease and manage infections.

Protocols for Infection Prevention

Samer Narouze

When the Redness Doesn’t Resolve: Infection Identification and Management

Stephanie Neuman

Case Experiences: Bugs and Beyond

Susan Moeschler

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the incidence and impact of spinal cord stimulator infections along with identified surgical site infection risk factors.
  • Diagnose and discuss types of spinal cord stimulator infections.
  • Identify best practices for infection prevention as well as treatment approaches based on infection type.
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Co-Presenters:

Samer Narouze

Susan Moeschler

Moderator:

Stephanie Neuman

9:45–10:45 AM Sunday, March 1

Neuropathic Pain: Pharmacological Trends and Interventional Techniques in Challenging Patients (405)

Patients with intractable neuropathic pain are challenging. This session will discuss the evidence-based use of current pharmacotherpeutic agents that target underlying pain mechanisms. We will also review the evidence-based uses of regional and interventional techniques including neural blockade, neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulation and peripheral stimulation), and targeted drug delivery and guidelines for use of some of these modalities.

Update on Pharmacotherapy

Andrea Nicol

Regional and Interventional Techniques

May Chin

Neurostimulation and Targeted Drug Delivery

Timothy Deer

Learning Objectives:

  • Review current evidence-based uses of pharmacological agents that target neuropathic pain.
  • Discuss evidence-based uses of interventional techniques in patients with severe neuropathic pain refractory to conventional treatment.
  • Review current guidelines and concepts in neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulation, peripheral stimulation) and targeted drug delivery for intractable neuropathic pain.
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Co-Presenters:

Andrea Nicol

Timothy Deer

Moderator:

May Chin

8:30–9:30 AM Sunday, March 1

The Headache Toolkit: Treating (and Teaching) Headache for Non-Neurologists (401)

Afraid of treating headache patients? Drs. Schuster, Barad, and Kissoon are headache and pain neurologists on faculty at anesthesiology-based pain fellowships. They will share a simple, methodological approach to headache evaluation and treatment for non-neurologists using mnemonics and other tools available at your fingertips.

Headache Diagnosis Made Simple

Nathaniel Schuster

Acute, Preventive, and Rescue Treatments for Migraine: Grading the Evidence

Meredith Barad

Interventional Treatments for Headache: Evidence and Mechanisms of Action

Narayan Kissoon

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize and utilize the SNOOP mnemonic as a screening tool for the evaluation of possible secondary headache disorders.
  • Formulate an algorithmic approach to headache diagnosis using ID-Migraine and the Bigal and Lipton Chronic Daily Headache algorithm.
  • Formulate an algorithmic approach to headache treatment using the AAPMF Migraine Guidelines (in development; may instead include resources as able to be presented by Meredith Barad at that time, which may include the AAN/AHS Migraine Prevention Evidence Assessment and the AHS Acute Migraine Evidence Assessment).
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