6 August

Tuesday 6th August 2019
Empire Grill 66 McKillop St, Geelong VIC 3220
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Scoliosis, Pain Management and Optimising Outcomes After Spinal Surgery

Optimising Outcomes After Spinal Surgery

Dr Mohammed Awad, Neurosurgeon and 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 Hazem Akil, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

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

Mr Greg Etherington, Spine and 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

Pain Management Masterclass- Opioid pitfalls, Neuromodulation and Non-Interventional Pain Management

Dr Symon McCallum, 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.


Empire Grill
66 McKillop St, Geelong VIC 3220
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