• Brachial Plexus & Nerve Injury Course

    The Brachial Plexus & Nerve Injury Course is a cadaveric workshop targeted at neurosurgeons of all cadres as well as those aspiring to pursue the specialty of spine and peripheral nerve surgery. The course will be composed of lectures by faculty with expertise in brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery. The activity will present current information about applied anatomy of the brachial plexus, injury classification, paediatric and adult brachial plexus injuries, surgical approaches for brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury and rehabilitation of patients.

    Goals & Objectives

    At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

    • Understand anatomy of the brachial plexus and peripheral nerve structure.
    • Classify various injury types of the brachial plexus and peripheral nerve in general.
    • Understand timing of diagnostic and surgical decision.
    • Conduct clinical examination of brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury patient.
    • Understand basics of neurolysis, nerve graft, conduits, re-implantation & repair.
    • Understanding the basics of electrophysiological diagnostic tests.
    • Manage obstetric brachial plexus trauma in the newborn.
    • Understand adult brachial plexus surgical approaches with applied anatomy.
    • Examine and manage gunshot wounds to brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury.
    • Understand the prognosis of nerve repair
    • Understand the rehabilitation principles in nerve injury patients
    • Manage neuropathic pain after brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury.
  • Endovascular Neurosurgery in Neurotrauma Masterclass

    Cerebrovascular trauma is common in clinical practice but is frequently overlooked or missed during initial acute care of these patients. Recently there is an appraisal of cerebrovascular trauma in neurotrauma patients. However, the clinical detection and screening tool require a basic knowledge of the cerebrovascular anatomy and pertinent investigative techniques and their interpretation. Classically, cerebrovascular traumatic lesions have been treated with microsurgical techniques but recently there is a surge in the recommendation of endovascular techniques for management of these lesions. A basic understanding of the role of endovascular surgery in treatment of cerebrovascular techniques is mandatory for effectively managing these patients.

    Target Participants

    The target participants are neurosurgeon in training, young neurosurgeons and those consultants who are pursuing career in cerebrovascular neurosurgery as well as those involved in the care of acute trauma patients.

    Course objectives

    At the end of this course, the participants will be able to;

    • Know the cerebrovascular anatomy
    • Understand various clinical features in cerebrovascular trauma patients
    • Know the indications and basic interpretation of neurovascular radiological studies
    • Know the basic elements of neuro-endovascular surgical equipment and their function
    • Know the various cerebrovascular traumatic lesions and their endovascular management
  • Exam Oriented Clinical Methods Course

  • Global Neurotrauma Course

    The ‘Global Neurotrauma Course’ is designed to cover best strategies for managing neurotrauma patients and is based on current available best practice evidence. The designed curriculum will be delivered faculty lectures as well as practical demonstration; case based interactive discussions and panel discussion. Panel discussions are aimed for generating questions and to find answers based on the theoretical knowledge imparted during the lectures.

    Target participants

    This course has been developed for neurosurgery residents, surgeons, and physicians who are involved in the management of cranial neurotrauma.

    Course Objective

    The ‘Global Neurotrauma Course’ will covers the theoretical principles & evidence based practices for managing cranial neurotrauma.

    The learning objectives for the participants include:

    • To have an up-to-date knowledge of the neurotrauma epidemiology
    • To perform thorough assessment of neurotrauma patients
    • To be able to understand and apply appropriate imaging investigations and interpreting their results
    • To possess knowledge of the advanced neuromonitoring modalities, their indications and interpretations to guide treatment decision & prognostication
    • To have thorough understanding of adult, pediatric and geriatric neurotrauma
    • Practical knowledge and skill for performing burr-hole, EVD, and decompressive craniectomy, dural graft technique and basics of cranioplasty.
    • To understand the prognostication of TBI patients and rehabilitation basics.
  • Course Description

    Neurosurgical and neuro-intensive care is highly dependent on effective nursing care. However, healthcare facility with good nursing care requires continuing training of their nursing staff for improvement of patient outcome. Nursing care of the neurosurgical patient is different from patients in other specialties in many different ways. Neurosurgical patients, especially those with neurotrauma requires unique monitoring skills such as record of the mental status in the form of Glasgow coma score and pupillary reactivity. In the neuro-intensive care, monitoring becomes more cumbersome with record of the ICP, MAP and CPP as well as the usual monitoring of vital signs. Similarly, training of the nursing staff regarding neurosurgical drains is of paramount importance since daily care and record of the drains usually dictate decision making in acute and intensive care. Correct understanding of the CNS anatomy, various aetiologies of neurotrauma, a skilled understanding of the GCS and pupillary status are of paramount importance in improving care of the neurosurgical patient.

    Target Participants:

    The subject of this course are regular nursing students, nursing staff, intensive care nursing staff and nursing staff working in the emergency departments.

    Goals:

    • At the end of this course the participants will be able to;
    • Understand basic central nervous system anatomy and physiology
    • Understand of neuro-assessment methods such as GCS, pupils, upper/lower limbs power
    • Understand basic management of head injury patients
    • Understand management of raised intracranial pressure
    • Understand care of the postoperative neurosurgical patient
    • Understand the management and care of spinal injury patients
    • Understand care of the neurosurgical drains
  • Spinal Trauma Course with Cranio-Cervical Hands-On Course

    The specialty of spine surgery is a challenging one. These challenges are multifaceted and range from basic to advance. The answer to all these challenges is continuous development with dissemination of new techniques and acquiring newer advancements. Challenges in the management of spinal trauma have led to major breakthroughs in spine care, especially with regard to implant design and improving outcome for spinal trauma. However, newer questions and problems continue to emerge despite many advancements. One of the basic question in spinal trauma is correct diagnosis, classification and formulation of appropriate treatment. Although broadly focussing on overall spinal trauma, this course will focus on traumatic cervical spine trauma, their classification and management. The hands-on session will focus on the cranio-cervical junction and surgical approaches to this anatomical and physiologically complex area.

    This event is arranged in a modular fashion, and will offer a challenging learning experience with interactive sessions facilitated by faculty who have a vast experience in management of spinal trauma patients. The course is composed of evidence-based lectures, hands-on practical exercises, panel discussions and debates.

    The event is targeted at neurosurgeons, trauma surgeons and orthopaedic surgeons, who are aiming to further improve their knowledge and/or specialization in the surgical management of spinal trauma and specific techniques especially those pursuing expertise in the CC-junction and cervical spine.

    This workshop will be held under the chair of Professor Salman Sharif, President of the Pakistan Society of Neurosurgeons and President of the Middle East Spine Society, Professor Mehmet Zileli, Professor Asif Bashir, Professor Khalid Mehmood, Professor Mumtaz Ali and Professor Amjad Shad.

    The objectives of this course are;

    • Basic understanding of spinal trauma with a knowledge of the classification systems
    • To be able to choose the right operative and non-operative treatment option for each patient
    • Prevent and manage complications
    • Learning of approaches to the cranio-cervical junction and the basic bio-mechanisms of this region