This year’s scientific program includes 19 symposia, offering in-depth coverage on a broad range of clinical, practice management, career development and health care advocacy and administration topics.
The program kicks off on Wednesday, October 25, with a rich lineup of eight symposia, including a session examining cellular-based allografts, which have become increasingly common alternatives to autograft. Marketed to contain osteoconductive, osteoinductive and osteogenic properties, these allografts are increasingly utilized with relatively little supporting scientific evidence. This symposium is designed to rigorously evaluate the evidence-based literature regarding these products, in addition to presenting background on the harvest and processing of mesenchymal stem cells.
Another Wednesday symposium will focus on preventing surgical site infections in spine surgery, including the use of vancomycin powder. The use of local vancomycin powder in spine surgery has been popularized over the past decade in an effort to minimize the risk of developing a surgical site infection. The purpose of this symposium is to review the evidence behind the use of vancomycin powder in spine surgery, discuss potential pitfalls of its use, and explore the potential interaction between spinal implants, including bone graft substitutes and infection.
Wednesday’s symposia schedule also includes the popular Leadership Development Program, which provides an opportunity for individuals to enhance their leadership skills within the ever-changing health care environment and expand the pool of well-qualified candidates ready for advancement. Whether you’re looking to build your own skills, those of a committee or even an entire organization, look to this symposium to gain knowledge and expertise from highly qualified faculty.
Following is the full list of symposia scheduled for NASS 2017. Look for more highlights from this year’s symposia program next month in the September e-preview edition of NASS Daily News. Check the meeting program or the annual meeting app for more information.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25
- Patient Reported Outcomes
- Health Care Reform 2.0: Examining the Challenges and Opportunities for Spine Care Providers in a New Health Care System
- Exercise Management Controversy of Neck Pain without Radiculopathy
- Cellular-Based Allografts: Now, Why, Where?
- Preventing Surgical Site Infections in Spine Surgery: The Use of Vancomycin Powder and Its Effects on SSI, Fusion, and Implants
- Leadership Development
- Low Back Pain: Connections to Inflammation, Movement, Neuromuscular Control and Biopsychosocial Factors
- Digital Health for Spine Providers
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26
- Past Presidents Forum
- SpineConnect Presentations
- Injections and Other Interventions: Controversies in Spine Injections and Interventional Spine
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
- Producing High-Value Care: The Fundamental Missing Piece
- A Broad Scope of Pain Management/Narcotic Issues (The Opioid Epidemic—Implications for Spine Physicians and Surgeons)
- Collaborative Modeling in Chronic Low Back Pain
- Preoperative Risk Stratification: Frailty and Predictive Modeling and their Importance
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
- From Gutenberg to Facebook: The Future of Scientific Communication
- What Lurks Beneath: Understanding the Link between the Presence of Occult Pathogens and Failed Surgery: What is the Prevalence and What Should We Do?
- Self-Management: Empowering Your Patient (10 x 25 Coalition)
- Appropriate Specialty Referrals for Low Back Pain (LBP): How to Increase Value