You’ve probably seen the words “opioid crisis” in the headlines lately. Opioid drugs are effective for pain relief, but they can be addictive and must be used with caution.
Recently new laws have been passed to regulate how and when opioids may be prescribed. Doctors are now faced with the task of understanding and implementing the new laws while ensuring their patients continue to receive safe and effective pain relief.
Dr. Christopher Winfree is an expert in neurological and neurosurgical pain management. As part of the Neurosurgical Pain Center at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Winfree specializes in the implantation of electrical stimulation devices to treat chronic pain disorders.
With his expertise in pain management, Dr. Winfree has expertise in the use of opioids for pain control. He shares his expertise with other neurosurgeons so they can learn how to understand and comply with the new prescribing laws.
On October 23, 2017, Dr. Winfree is giving a webinar for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, specifically to help neurosurgeons understand the new laws. The webinar, called “The Use of Opioids in Neurosurgical Practice: How to Be Safe, Effective and Compliant With New Prescribing Laws,” will focus on offering safe and effective pain management for neurosurgical patients while minimizing the risk of drug dependency.
The webinar will cover strategies to treat both acute, short-term pain from injury or surgery, and chronic pain. Short-term and chronic pain call for different types of pain management, and doctors have to understand how each type of pain functions to know how best to treat it. The webinar will also cover strategies for treating patients with chronic pain who have already been using opioids for pain control.
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