Technological Advancements in Spinal Cord Stimulation - Morning

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Starts: 7:30AM Mon May 13, 2019 Ends: 1:00PM Mon May 13, 2019

This one-day intensive program demonstrates the recent evolution in spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery systems, as well as other approved clinical applications of neuromodulation strategies, with practical hands-on training in a cadaver laboratory.

This premier training opportunity offers pain medicine fellows the opportunity to learn cutting-edge neuromodulation techniques and principles of implementation in clinical practice. Techniques explored include spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion stimulation trials and implants, intrathecal drug delivery trials and implants, deep brain stimulation trials and implants, and maintenance of neuromodulation therapies

Participants are under the direction of experienced faculty. Workshop participants must be members of NANS in good standing and are selected by an application and lottery process. This workshop’s intent is to foster a platform for multidisciplinary networking opportunity and create excitement in the neuromodulation space through shared lectures and content with concomitant Neurology and Engineering workshops.

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Chair: Scott Kreiner, MD

Sunil Panchal, MD

David Fish, MD

Patrick Hsieh, MD

David O’Brien, MD

Sanjog Pangarkar, MD

What you will learn:

  • Describe the mechanisms of neuromodulation therapies including spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery, and deep brain stimulation
  • Identify appropriate patient indications and selection criteria for neuromodulation therapies
  • Apply best practices for neuromodulation therapies
  • Recognize psychological considerations involved in patient selection for neuromodulation therapies
  • Define contraindications to neuromodulation therapies
  • Discuss the preoperative evaluation of patients being considered for implantable neuromodulation therapies
  • Define methods to optimize patient medical status prior to undergoing treatment with implantable neuromodulation therapies
  • Illustrate trialing methods for spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, deep brain stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery
  • Outline implantation techniques for implantable neuromodulation therapies
  • Characterize biologic, technical, and hardware-related complications of neuromodulation therapies
  • Describe measures and methods to identify, limit, and manage biologic, technical, and hardware-related complications of neuromodulation therapies
  • Discuss spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and deep brain stimulation programming troubleshooting
  • Discuss management and dosing of intrathecal drugs and delivery methods
  • List appropriate steps for intrathecal pump refills
  • Analyze methods to encourage patient compliance with neuromodulation therapies
  • Appraise the current literature on the efficacy and safety of neuromodulation therapies
  • Summarize the importance of incorporating implantable neuromodulation therapies into one’s clinical practice


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Disclaimer - NASS courses are created to enhance physician understanding of the complexity of performing these procedures only. The course is not designed to certify that attendees are proficient in the procedures taught in the course. NASS strongly advises participants to continue to have proctoring, mentoring and additional experience prior to treating patients.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The North American Spine Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The North American Spine Society designates this live activity for a maximum of TBD AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the US, that participate in this CME activity, are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ .

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