Neurology and Spine: 2019 Update

Thursday 23rd May 2019
Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park Gate 2, K Road, Werribee VIC 3030
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

Adult Scoliosis- Investigation and Treatment. When is Surgery Indicated?

Mr Greg Etherington, Spine & Scoliosis Surgeon

As the population ages, spinal problems in general, and degenerative scoliosis specifically, are becoming more common. Management of patients with back pain and/or leg pain in the setting of radiological scoliosis can be difficult and, in many cases, treacherous. The presentation of adult scoliosis, its investigation and treatment are reviewed. The complementary role of non-surgical and surgical treatment is discussed, together with the consideration which may lead to a surgical recommendation.

Learning outcomes

1. Assess the presentation, clinical findings and treatment options for spinal deformities in adults.
2. Identify the appropriate investigations which assist in making an accurate diagnosis.
3. Understand the role of multidisciplinary management of patients with adult scoliosis

Motor Neurone Disease

Dr Shahram Sadeghi, Rehabilitation Physician

The clinical presentation of motor neurone disease will be discussed, together with the key diagnostic features, differential diagnosis and electrophysiological findings. Clinical management will be reviewed.

Learning outcomes

1. Recognise the common clinical presentations of motor neurone disease and the differential diagnosis
2. Identify the characteristic changes seen on nerve conduction studies and electromyography

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.


Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
Gate 2, K Road,
Werribee VIC 3030


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