Wednesday, April 17

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Booth 614 Hall D; SDCC

306 Peri-operative Pain Management - is Narcotic Free America Possible?

Fee: $105
Advanced Practice Provider Fee: $105
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $20

Moderator(s): Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS

Panelist(s): Julie G. Pilitsis, MD, PhD, FAANS; Jennifer A. Sweet, MD, FAANS ; Michael S. Virk, MD, PhD; Joseph Christopher Zacko, MD, FAANS

The national opiate crisis had led to new initiatives in reducing pain and narcotic consumption after spinal surgery. This challenging realm requires a different approach to patient care. In this Breakfast Seminar attendees will hear varying perspectives from surgeons who have successfully reduced pain through various methods, including modifications of surgical technique, regional analgesia, prehab, use of non-narcotic pharmaceuticals and patient counseling.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Discuss non-narcotic interventions for pain control.
  • Compare the use of minimally invasive methods for reducing tissue trauma and post-operative pain.
  • Review the use of regional analgesia for reducing post-operative patient discomfort.