Back Pain and Sciatica

Wednesday 29th May 2019
Matteo’s Restaurant 533 Brunswick Street Melbourne, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

GP Symposium Series 2019

Optimising Outcomes After Spinal Surgery

Professor Richard Bittar, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

A range of advanced spinal surgical procedures are now used to treat a range of pathologies which have failed to respond to conservative management. These include keyhole surgery, minimally invasive surgery, robotic spinal surgery and artificial disc replacement. Whilst outcomes are improving, a number of patients either fail to benefit or lose an early benefit weeks or months later. There are numerous factors that can contribute to poor outcomes after spinal surgery, and this provides GPs and surgeons an opportunity to intervene in a way that maximises the chance of a satisfying outcome.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the range of factors which can contribute to poor outcomes following spinal surgery
2. Recognise ways of modifying key risk factors and managing patients perioperatively in a way which improves the chance of a good outcome

Back Pain and Sciatica- Contemporary Management

Dr Mohammed Awad, Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon

Back pain and sciatica are best treated in an integrated, team-based fashion. This seminar brings together the latest evidence and treatment options in 2019. Recognition of common and sinister causes of back pain, understanding the role of diagnostic blocks and surgery, appreciation of the latest surgical advances (including robotic spinal surgery and patient-specific implants), and identification of important post-operative complications after discharge are the key elements of this interactive presentation.

Learning outcomes

1. Recognise the common, rare and sinister causes of back pain and sciatica, clinically and with MRI
2. Assess the role of diagnostic blocks and advanced spinal surgical techniques3.
3. Identify important post-operative complications following discharge from hospital

Spinal Radiology for the General Practitioner

Capital Radiology

Brain scans are frequently ordered to investigate a variety of suspected spinal conditions. Patients are often anxious after seeing their report, and it often falls on the GP to offer an explanation of the findings while they wait to see a neurosurgeon, orthopaedic spine surgeon or oncologist. This talk covers key elements of spinal anatomy and radiology to assist GPs in interpreting radiology reports and in walking patients through their scans.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the key anatomical structures on spinal MRI and other radiological investigations
2. Recognise the indications for MRI versus CT, and the advantages and limitations of each modality
3. Assess the appearance of common pathologies on CT and MRI

This activity has been submitted for accreditation of 4 category 2 points, as part of the racgp qi & cpd in the 2017-2019 triennium. Activity number pending.


Matteo’s Restaurant
533 Brunswick Street Melbourne, Fitzroy North VIC 3068


To RSVP, fill out the quick form below by Monday 27th May 2019.