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

Sunday, April 26
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: 153B; BCEC

Fee: $600
Advanced Practice Provider Fee: $420
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $130

Faculty: Kristen Elizabeth Jones, MD, FAANS ; Virgilio Matheus, MD, FAANS; Vincent J. Miele, MD, FAANS; Laura Ellen Prado, DNP, NP; 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% 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) and neurosurgeon, so all may gain practical knowledge to apply in 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 APP's.
  • 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.