11-13 October, Dublin, Ireland

Pre-day Courses and Lunch Symposia

Please note that changes may still occur.

Pre-day Courses

Tuesday, 10 October
Pre-day Course I
Current concepts in the management of the elderly spine
Chair: Luis Alvarez Galovich, Madrid, Spain
Room: Wicklow Hall 2A, CCD Dublin
Pre-day Course II
Spine Tango Users Meeting (STUM)
Room: Wicklow Hall 1, CCD Dublin
Chair: Thomas Zweig, Andrea Luca
Please note:

Lunch Symposia

Wednesday, 11 October
1: What to Do When the Unexpected Happens
Room: Liffey Hall 2

More information to follow
2: Optimizing Value and Outcomes in Spine Care Through Psychologically-informed Practice
Room: Wicklow Hall 1
Chairs: Greg Whitcomb, Wisconsin, USA, Sherri Weiser, New York, USA

Sherri Weiser, New York, USA

PIP in the Evolving Health Care Environment
Todd Wetzel, Philadelphia, USA. Current President of NASS

The Story of Back Pain: from pathology to PiP. How did this happen?
Chris Main, Edinburgh, UK

Informed decision making: the roll of risk screening
Christine Cedraschi, Geneva, Switzerland

PiP: Optimising the provider’s experience
Tamar Pincus, London, UK

Implementing PiP: Feasibility in a Clinical Environment
Greg Whitcomb, Wisconsin, USA

What Have We Missed?
Audience and Panel
Thursday, 12 October
3: Challenges in the Management of Neuromuscular Spinal Deformities
Room: Wicklow Hall 1
Chair: Hossein Mehdian, Nottingham, UK

Management of Adult Neuromuscular Spinal Disorders
Ferran Pellisé, Barcelona, Spain

Sagittal Deformities Management and Indications of Osteotomies and/or VCR
Dezsö J. Jeszenszky, Zurich, Switzerland

Problems and Solutions for Cervicothoracic Junction
Francisco Javier Sánchez Pérez-Grueso, Madrid, Spain

The Preoperative Planning Strategies, Surgical Decision: Risk/Benefit Balance
Hossein Mehdian, Nottingham, UK

Panel Discussion – Questions and Answers
4: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) for Spinal Procedures
Room: Liffey Hall 2
Chairs: Bertrand Debono, Rouen, France, Jean Charles Le Huec, Bordeaux, France

Transforming Care: Why and How?
Jean Charles Le Huec, Bordeaux, France

Main principles of ERAS
Bertrand Debono, Rouen, France

ERAS in spinal surgery (Patient information, pathways…)
Björn, Zoega, Stockholm, Sweden

Applications in daily practice
Bertrand Debono, Rouen, France

Application to outpatient spine surgery
Thomas Wainwright, Bournemouth, UK

ERAS and e-heal
Thomas Wainwright, Bournemouth, UK

Vision of an hospital director: Identify and manage obstacles
Jean-Felix Verriert, Lyon, France

Changes of paradigm: Key points in the organization of care pathway
Jean Charles Le Huec, Bordeaux, France
Friday, 13 October
5: Live surgery session
Room: Liffey Hall 2
Chairs: Hossein Mehdian, Nottingham, UK, Klaus John Schnake, Fuerth, Germany

Tumour: Chordoma of the Sacrum en Bloc Total Sacrectomy and Lumbopelvic Recontruction
Peter Pal Varga, Aron Lazary, Budapest, Hungary

Trauma: Percutaneous Stabilization of T12 Fracture and a L5 Fracture
Matti Scholz, Frankfurt, Germany

Degenerative: Minimally Invasive Double Approach (Anterior and Posterior) to the Lumbar Spine
Roberto Bassani, Milan, Italy

Disc Herniation: Surgical Management of Thoracic Disc Herniation
Hossein Mehdian, Nottingham, UK
6: Management of Difficult Patients and Families
Room: Wicklow Hall 1
Chair: Pedro Berjano, Milano, Italy 

Interaction with angry or reluctant patients and relatives are one of the most undesired experiences a clinician faces in his professional live. The goal of this session is to explore the topic of ‘difficult people’ in the medical environment including the drivers of their behaviour, the impact they have on doctors and tactics for moving forward. Stephen McGuire is a professional in medical education and doctor-patient communication and will provide his expertise to analyze the causes, consequences and strategies to reduce physician’s stress and improve communication. John O’Dowd and Pedro Berjano are spine surgeons with more than 20 years of experience and a career-long interest in improving the communication with their colleagues and patients and will interact with Stephen to facilitate the achievement of the goals of the session.

Introduction: Difficult people: harder work, greater stress and poorer results?

What do we mean by ‘difficult’ people?

How do ‘difficult’ people make us feel?

What makes people ‘difficult’?
  • Why do people not do what we want them to?
  • Why do people complain?

Is there a strategy to move forward with ‘difficult’ people?
Questions and observations from the audience
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