ASPN Newsletter Co-Editors:
Robert Hagan, MD
Ziv M. Peled, MD
Renata Weber, MD

Message from the President

Message from the PresidentIt must have been around 1998 when I first heard of the ASPN. David Kline told me about the Society during one of his European trips and said that it might be worthwhile for me to attend the yearly meeting. Being active in the field of nerve surgery I was intrigued, focused meetings on the peripheral nervous system were scarce in those days. I attended my first meeting in 1999 in Cancun, Mexico and was instantly hooked. Since then, I have attended almost every meeting and each January has become the time of year when I update my knowledge and learn of new developments in the field. Additionally, I have always looked forward to presenting the results of our Leiden studies in order to hear the opinions of esteemed colleagues.

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Clinical Spotlight

Introduction to Targeted Muscle Re-innervation
Robert Macielak, Jay Dalton, Robert Hagan MD, Ian Valerio MD

Amputations are a relatively common occurrence in this country. A recent study showed that approximately 1.6 million people are currently living with the loss of a limb, with this value expected to double by the year 2050 (1). Although the number of amputations caused by cancers and trauma has decreased in recent years, the number of amputations secondary to dysvascular disease has increased (2). Also, despite advances in medicine, amputations are still associated with significant morbidity including reduced function in daily life, phantom limb pain, and neuroma formation (3-7). The need for improved and reliable treatment options to better address these common problems that amputees experience is of interest.

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Message from the Progam Chair

Message from the Progam Chair On behalf of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve Scientific Program Committee, I would like to invite you to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii, January 13-15, 2017. We have enhanced this year’s meeting with an increased breadth of topics – we are bringing more clinically focused content, case-based presentations, and in-depth sessions that explore current pathologies and techniques critical to your practice

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Industry Corner

First off, I would like to thank the Society for this opportunity. The members of ASPN have been amazing to work with, their contributions have helped to define modern peripheral nerve surgery and help to guide our direction as an organization. We all share a passion for improving the lives of patients with peripheral nerve injuries and look forward to continuing our successful collaborations

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Case Discussion
Submitted by Shai Rozen, MD

This case consists of a 49 year-old male who presented to an outside institution with a T3, N0, M0 squamous cell carcinoma of the right parotid gland. His past medical history is significant for hyperthyroidism and hydrocephalus with placement of a VP shunt in 2003. In June 2013, he underwent a right superficial parotidectomy at the outside institution.
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Coding Pearls

The following is a Q&A on Carpal Tunnel Coding with Raymond Janevicius, MD, the ASPS Liaison to the CPT Coding Committee and Ziv Peled, MD, ASPN Newsletter Associate Editor

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