Plenary Session 1: Opening Session - LIVE STREAM

Date/Time: Thu, October 7, 2021 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Gateway to the Nervous System: A Panel of Nerve Experts

Description:

This course features a panel of experts who will discuss and debate the latest trends in nerve injury and surgery. Evaluation or patients with nerve injury, nerve repair, nerve transfer and rehabilitation following nerve transfer will be discussed. General concepts will be reviewed and specific cases will be highlighted to illustrate key points.

Objective(s):

  • Differentiate characteristics of peripheral nerve injury best suited for nerve repair vs. nerve transfer in the setting of nerve and concomitant trauma.
  • Identify nerve transfer procedures with best outcomes.
  • Describe a general rehab approach to nerve transfers including a donor activation focused rehabilitation approach.

Not Just Nerves – Looking Beyond the Brachial Plexus To Improve Outcomes

Description:

Brachial plexus injuries (BPI) are devastating injuries that affect all aspects of a patient’s life. As hand therapists and surgeons, we tend to focus on the incredibly challenging physical aspects of recovery. Recent work has highlighted the importance of psychological domains of recovery, as well as the assessing outcomes such as satisfaction and quality of life from the patient’s perspective. In this course, we will highlight ways in which therapists and surgeons can incorporate patient-centered approaches during preoperative and postoperative interactions with BPI patients. A local BPI patient or patient representative from the United Brachial Plexus Network will present their experience in interacting with surgeons as a BPI patient. A hand therapist with extensive experience in BPI treatment will share her experience in guiding patients through a long and often frustrating recovery. A pain psychologist who has worked in our multidisciplinary brachial plexus clinic will also present her perspectives on psychological aspects of treatment after BPI. Lineup of Proposed Talks and Speakers 1) What I wish BPI surgeons knew – local BPI patient (or BPI patient advocate from United Brachial Plexus Network) 2) Recovery after a severe brachial plexus injury: the hand therapist perspective – Jamie Findeiss, OT CHT 3) Everybody at the table: Integrated multidisciplinary care for brachial plexus injury – Christopher Dy MD 4) Psychological aspects of recovery and adjustment after brachial plexus injury – Sarah Buday, PhD

Objective(s):

  • Understand how multiple aspects of a patient’s life are affected by a brachial plexus injury, from a patient’s perspective
  • Understand how hand therapists and surgeons can incorporate integrated multidisciplinary approaches to provide care to the “entire” patient with brachial plexus injury
  • Understand the psychological aspects of recovery and pain management after BPI