• Neurovascular Symposium - A Practical, Evidence-based Update for the General Neurosurgeon

    Author: Peter Kan, MD





    CNS Members and Annual Meeting attendees have made it clear that one of the most important factors in their decision to attend is to obtain high-quality clinical content that is relevant to their practice. For busy general neurosurgeons who want to stay current on relevant topics and controversies in cerebrovascular surgery, the Neurovascular Symposium on Saturday, October 6, provides a concise update in an interactive and engaging format.

    This one-day forum allows attendees to obtain the latest information on cerebrovascular surgery, endovascular neurosurgery, and management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke from a panel of national experts. Throughout the course, we will review recent literature regarding patient selection and outcomes for endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke as well as emerging technologies such as mobile stroke units.

    The course is made up of seven didactic sessions, detailed below. In between sessions, attendees will join some of CNS' top industry partners for three hands-on breakout sessions with the technologies that are driving neurovascular surgical care in these areas.

    The course begins with a review on recent literature regarding patient selection and outcomes for endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke followed by emerging topics such as techniques of revascularization and management of venous strokes. Cutting edge topics feature neuroprotective strategies and stem cell therapy in acute ischemic stroke.

    In our second session, we'll discuss the management of intracranial atherosclerotic and vaso-occlusive disease. Areas covered include surgical revascularization (EC-IC bypass) Moya Moya disease and the use of advanced imaging to define flow criteria for revascularization. Based on current evidence and guidelines, we then move to a discussion on endovascular and surgical revascularization (CAS versus CEA) for extracranial atherosclerotic diseases with a focus on new trials in our third session.

    The fourth and fifth sessions cover optimal treatment of intracranial aneurysms including surgery (clip reconstruction and bypass), traditional endovascular techniques (primary and assisted-coil embolization), flow-diversion, and other new technologies such as intrasaccular devices and novel stents and coils, followed by a lecture on current management of cerebral vasospasm.

    Our final sessions offer a comprehensive panel discussion on multimodal treatment options (surgery, embolization, and radiosurgery) for intracranial arteriovenous malformations and will conclude with evidence-based management and emerging minimally invasive surgical techniques on the management of intracerebral hemorrhage.

    The depth and breadth of this content, along with the hands-on opportunities to engage with the latest technology in the field, have made this one of the most popular optional courses at the Annual Meeting.

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