Peri-operative Pain Control Methods in Abdominal and Anorectal Surgery

Webinar Title:  Peri-operative Pain Control Methods in Abdominal and Anorectal Surgery
Date and Time of Webinar: February 23, 2023, at 7:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
Moderators: Patrick S. Sullivan, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Teresa DeBeche-Adams, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Speakers: Peter Cataldo, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Jeremy Dressler, MD, Annas Aljassem, MD, MHSA
CME Credit Hours Available: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

There are no gold-standard modalities or algorithms that are used in treating peri-operative pain in both abdominal and anorectal surgery. With the advent of ERAS protocols, there has been an attempt to standardize pain control methods in abdominal surgery, however, there are still differing approaches in regard to technique, dosage and timing of administration. In the era of avoidance and/or attempts at decreasing narcotic usage, this webinar will attempt to explore different modalities of pain control in colorectal surgery and give an update on conscientious narcotic usage in the peri-operative period.
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
  1. Identify different types of pain medications and methods that can be used in the pre-, peri- and post-operative period besides narcotics.
  2. Describe how to perform intra-operative blocks in both abdominal and anal surgery.
  3. Recognize the current state of the opioid epidemic and how surgeons can be more thoughtful about prescribing techniques for various patients.
Patrick S. Sullivan, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Patrick Sullivan is an associate professor of surgery at Emory University. He has been a member of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Emory since 2011. Dr. Sullivan has a diverse practice that includes most aspects of colon and rectal surgery including colon and rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, pelvic floor dysfunction, and diverticulitis. He is author of numerous book chapters, and his manuscripts have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Peter Cataldo, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Peter Cataldo is the Samuel B. and Michelle D. Labow Green and Gold Professor of Colorectal Surgery at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He has recently initiated a surgical mentorship program at UVMMC. He has authored multiple scientific articles, book chapters, and textbooks on intestinal stomas and Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery, and is an invited lecturer at national and international conferences. He was a past member on the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery. Special interests include prevention of anastomotic leaks, rectal preservation for patients with rectal cancer, and intestinal stomas. He has received the Jerome S. Abrams Surgical Faculty Teaching Award, and the John H. Davis Service Award, awarded by the department of surgery. He was chosen as the Larner College of Medicine Teacher of the Year Award. He was chosen in 2000 and again in 2020 by the surgical residents as the Surgical Teacher of the year. He has received the Howe Humanism in Medicine award and the ASCRS Community Impact award.
Jeremy Dressler, MD
Jeremy Dressler is an assistant professor of surgery at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He received his MD from Thomas Jefferson University and completed a residency in general surgery at Brown University before completing a residency in colon and rectal surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Dressler’s interests include both benign and malignant colorectal and anal disease, disorders of the pelvic floor, minimally invasive surgery including robotics and TAMIS, and surgical education. His research interests include understanding the relationship between patient frailty and clinical outcomes as well as improving education quality.
Annas Aljassem, MD, MHSA
Dr. Aljassem is currently working in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, leading the Functional Pain & Rehabilitation Service at Beaumont Royal Oak in Michigan. The service is an interdisciplinary team, managing acute pain and chronic pain, addiction, end of life care, and rehabilitation issues in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. He completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Michigan. He then completed a Hospice and Palliative Care (HPM) Fellowship at the University of Michigan. His training in these respective fields led to the development of a passion for communication and program implementation, with a strong interest in patient and family-centered care. He carries multiple board certifications in the following specialties: PM&R, Hospice & Palliative Medicine (HPM), Pain Medicine, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Addiction Medicine.

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. 
ASCRS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.