Saturday, April 13

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


003 You Are Never Too Old for Surgery: Spine Management in an Aging Population

Physician Fee: $600
Non-member Fee: $420
Neurosurgical Team Member Fee: $130

Director(s): Nathaniel P. Brooks, MD, FAANS

Assistant Director(s): Andrea L. Strayer, PhD(c), NP, CNRN

Faculty: Paul A. Anderson, MD; Darryl J. Dirisio, MD, FAANS; Darnell Twain Josiah, MD; Ajit A. Krishnaney, MD, FAANS; Vincent J. Miele, MD, FAANS; Karen Petronis, NP; Laura Ellen Prado, DNP, NP; Sharad Rajpal, MD, FAANS ; Daniel K. Resnick, MD, FAANS; Shelly Schmoller, PA-C; John H. Shin, MD, FAANS; Michael Patrick Steinmetz, MD, FAANS; Suzanne Audrey Tharin, MD, FAANS; Eve C. Tsai, MD, PhD, FAANS (Canada); Eric J. Woodard, MD, FAANS

The population of adults age 65 and older in the U.S. is expected to grow to 19 percent of the total population by 2030. Special considerations are warranted when treating older adults with spine disorders. An understanding of osteoporosis and perioperative needs of the older adult with spinal challenges is imperative. Treatment decision-making regarding common fractures and degenerative spine disorders is presented for the advanced practice provider (APP) so they may gain practical knowledge to apply to their practice for the care of this burgeoning patient population.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Analyze the aging and osteoporosis epidemic and the implications for neurosurgeons and advanced practice providers.
  • Assess and evaluate nutritional status, potential perioperative complications, operative optimization, orthoses and pearls for pain management in the older spine patient population.
  • Analyze diagnosis, classification and management of upper and subaxial cervical spine fractures and spinal cord injury, including central cord syndrome and thoracolumbar fractures.
  • Analyze diagnosis, classification and management of degenerative challenges of the cervical and lumbar spine in the older adult patient.
  • Determine when the healing endpoint is reached.