Webinar: Innovative Surgical Strategies to Restore Movement and Reduce Spasticity after SCI

1/18/2018 12:00:00 AM

 

Webinar: Innovative Surgical Strategies to Restore Movement and Reduce Spasticity after SCI


Thursday, January 25, 2018
6:30-8:00 PM Eastern Time

 

presented by
Justin Brown, MD
Director, Neurosurgery Paralysis Center
Massachusetts General Hospital

 

Although spinal cord injury (SCI) may cause a number of impairments, research is uncovering new surgical techniques to address the peripheral nerves and spinal cord that may assist in restoring function and quality of life. This talk will review such techniques involving the restoration of arm and hand function, management of lower extremity spasticity, and new work on the horizon regarding regulating bowel and bladder control while also offering a discussion of when these strategies are best applied in both acute and chronic SCI.

 

Webcast attendees will be able to:

  • Review the available surgical options for restoration of upper extremity function following cervical SCI
  • Review the surgical options for reducing severe upper and lower extremity spasticity following SCI
  • Outline the research regarding when these surgical options are best performed to optimize recovery

 

To register for dinner & lecture at Spaulding in Charlestown, MA
OR 
to register for free webcast:

www.snerscic.org | contact Jenny Min at jmin5@partners.org | 617-952-6173

 

 

 

About Our Speaker:

Justin Brown, MD, director of the Neurosurgery Paralysis Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a neurosurgeon whose practice focuses on restoring movement following paralyzing injuries of the nervous system. He repairs nerves and recovers movement following trauma to the peripheral nerves. He similarly utilizes surgical strategies to optimize function following paralyzing injuries to the central nervous system. Both spinal cord injuries and brain injuries can result in loss of hand function and/or impairment in walking. Strategies are needed to reduce these impairments and dramatically improve quality of life after injury.

 

Dr. Brown is the founder and former director of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Paralysis Center. This center utilized state of the art neurophysiology and MRI techniques to diagnose paralyzing injuries, then using innovative strategies to reverse those deficits and restore quality of life to patients. Dr. Brown's research focuses on the role of diagnostics to predict the outcomes of paralyzing injuries and neurosurgical outcomes related to innovative procedures that are the focus of the center. Utilizing nerve transfers to restore urinary function following spinal cord injury is just one example. Dr. Brown was recruited to MGH from UCSD to bring this specialty to the East Coast.

 

Support Group Meetings (Charlestown, MA)
There will be a Greater Boston Chapter of the United Spinal Association peer support group meeting at Spaulding beginning at 5:00 PM.  A family support group will also begin at 5:00 PM. For more info, call 617-952-5643 or email hawood@partners.org.
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