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

Message from the President

Message from the President Dear Members of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve,

It is my pleasure to announce and to anticipate a great Annual Meeting of the American Society of Peripheral Nerve (ASPN) in Puerto Rico at the El Conquistador hotel in January 2018. All our committees, including the programming committee, have gotten off the ground since the last meeting with active participation and new and exciting ideas.

I would like to give you a glimpse of our plans for the 2018 meeting. As you might remember, we hold a number of joint panels with the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) and the American Society of Reconstructive Surgery (ASRM). On the first day, Friday 12th January 2018 there is a joint program with AAHS, the programs with all the societies, ASPN, AAHS and ASRM, being on the morning of Saturday January 13th 2018, and the one with ASPN and ASRM is on Sunday January 14th, 2018. We have another two on the last day of the ASPN program on Sunday that are exclusively ASPN organized panels. The combined panels include "Nerve injuries in 2018" in which we will consider nerve transfers, grafting as well as a consideration of the rehabilitation strategies after the surgeries, "Targeted muscle reinnervation" considering novel strategies, and finally "Facial (re)animation", again considering up-to-date surgical strategies. Our ASPN organized panels on Sunday are an invited Guest Speaker Panel entitled "Nerve Trek - to seek solution where no-one has ever been before" and a panel entitled "Pain – A critical problem".

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Clinical Spotlight

By Ziv M. Peled, MD

Targeted re-innervation is a peripheral nerve surgical concept introduced within the past several years in which transected nerves can be coapted to distal motor and/or sensory targets in an attempt to reduce neuroma formation, mitigate phantom limb pain in amputees and provide differential muscle function to hopefully power an advanced prosthetic in the future.

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Coding Pearls

The ASPN continues to benefit from the coding experience of Dr. Raymond Janevicius, the ASPS Liason to the CPT Coding Committee. We thought the membership might find his thoughts on specific nerve-related matters informative, so this particular piece involves a relatively novel surgical approach to a fairly common operation, cubital tunnel surgery.

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Future Meeting Dates:

ASPN 2018 Annual Meeting
January 12-14, 2018
El Conquistador Hotel
Fajardo, Puerto Rico

ASPN 2019 Annual Meeting
February 1-3, 2019
JW Marriott Hotel
Palm Desert, California
ASPN 2020 Annual Meeting
January 10-12, 2020
Marriott Harbor Beach
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

ASPN 2021 Annual Meeting
January 15 – 17, 2021
Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort
Koloa, Hawaii