Pain Management and Spinal Surgery in 2019 – 20 June

Thursday 20th June 2019
Sette Bello Restaurant 540 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley VIC 3150
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

Neck Pain, Brachialgia and Cervical Spine Surgery in 2019

Dr Hazem Akil, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

Cervical spine pathology increases with age, and can cause debilitating neck pain, arm pain and headaches. Keyhole surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and artificial disc replacement are employed increasingly. What is their role? Do they work? Which patients may be suitable? Sinister causes of neck pain, concentrating on their early recognition and investigation, will be discussed. The post-operative management of patients after discharge will also be explored.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the presentation of cervical spine pathology, its investigation, and the range of treatment options
2. Assess the role of artificial disc replacement (arthroplasty) as an alternative to fusion
3. Recognise common postoperative complications, and other sinister causes of neck pain

Pain Management Masterclass- Opioid pitfalls, neuromodulation and non-interventional pain management

Dr Meena Mittal, Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist

This interactive presentation aims to identify pain management strategies, pearls and pitfalls in the treatment of individuals with acute and chronic pain. This presentation aims to guide GPs to safe and effective prescription of opioids, and provide an update on the current issues surrounding opioids. It covers the diagnosis and investigation of a range of pain syndromes, as well as the pharmacological and interventional options available.

1. Recognise the presentation and diagnosis of common pain syndromes
2. Assess the utility of spinal cord, peripheral nerve and dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and their indications
3. Identify safe strategies for opioid reduction and other pharmacological treatment options

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.


Sette Bello Restaurant
540 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley VIC 3150


To RSVP, fill out the quick form below by Tuesday 18th June 2019.