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Back Pain: Spinal Cord Stimulation

    Tuesday 8th October 2019
    18:30 to 20:30
    HCA UK Outpatients & Diagnostics at the Shard, 4th Floor Boardroom, The Shard, 32 St Thomas St, London SE1 9BS
    Neuromodulation, Evidence for treatments, psychology
    Dr Serge Nikolic, Dr Thomas Smith, Dr Stefano Palmisani, Consultants in Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation, and Dr Ingrid Bergson, Pain Psychologist.
    6:30-7:00pm Registration and refreshments
    7:00pm-7:00pm Neuromodulation - an overview and general principles Dr Serge Nikolic
    7:20pm-7:40pm Current practice and the review of the available evidence Dr Thomas Smith
    7:40pm-8:00pm Glimpse into the future trends in Neuromodulation Dr Stefano Palmisani
    8:00pm-8:20pm Psychology and Pain Dr Ingrid Bergson

    19% of people across Europe suffer with chronic pain - one third of these have severe pain. Drug treatments can be frustratingly ineffective in chronic pain as the current “opioid crisis” has highlighted. Other approaches to treating chronic pain are needed.

    Spinal Cord Stimulation uses subtle modulating electrical impulses to intervene in pain pathways. For some people - especially those with severe nerve pain or severe pain after back surgeries - this therapy can be tremendously effective and life-changing. 

    Drs Serge Nikolic, Stefano Palmisani, and Thomas Smith are leading experts in the field of Spinal Cord Stimulation to treat severe pain. They have formed the UK’s first private specialist neuromodulation group. They passionately believe in a multidisciplinary and peer reviewed approach to treating pain. They will explain the background of spinal cord stimulation, discuss current indications and outcomes, and outline exciting developments in the pipeline.

    Their pain psychology colleague, Ingrid Bergson, will discuss the importance of assessing and addressing psychosocial elements in chronic pain patients’ presentations. 

    There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion which they would truly welcome.