SIR EDGE Program by Topic


October 17-19
Grand Hyatt Denver Hotel, Denver


Program by Topic

MSK Embolization and pain management Portal hypertension

Sessions on MSK embolization and pain management, and portal hypertension will be held on Thursday, October 17th and Friday, October 18th. See schedule-at-a-glance for times.

** All sessions and special events are held at the Grand Hyatt Denver Hotel on the 38th floor.  


MSK Embolization and Pain Management

Thursday, October 17

8:00 -10:00 a.m.

MSK Pain and Embolization: the knee

  • Rheumatologic pathophysiology of OA/inflammation
    Joel Block, MD 
  • Genicular artery anatomy: common variants, and anastomoses
    Osman Ahmed, MD
  • State of the data on GAE in 2024
    Yan Epelboym, MD, MPH
  • Genicular nerve anatomy
    John B. Smirniotopoulos, MD
  • State of the data on genicular nerve ablation
    Felix M. Gonzalez, MD
  • Recorded video of genicular artery embolization
    Yuji Okuno, MD, PhD
  • GAE for refractory post-knee arthroplasty pain
    Yan Epelboym, MD, MPH
  • Practical aspects of GAE: performing GAE, pearls, pitfalls, management, follow up, and management of complications
    Osman Ahmed, MD
  • Video case: genicular nerve ablation
    John B. Smirniotopoulos, MD
  • Practical aspects of nerve ablation: pearls, pitfalls, management, follow up, and management of complications
    Felix M. Gonzalez, MD
  • Debate: GAE vs Nerve ablation: Who goes where?
    Yan Epelboym, MD, MPH, Osman Ahmed, MD, John B. Smirniotopoulos, MD and Felix M. Gonzalez, MD

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

MSK Tumors

  • Non-malignant tumors: what's are our role?
  • The multifaceted pathophysiology of cancer pain
  • High yield nerve targets for cancer pain management
  • Appendicular cancer disease - to embolize or ablate?
  • The screw or not to screw

1:00 - 2:45 p.m.

MSK Pain and Embolization: Spine

  • Non-neoplastic spine disease
  • Malignant spine disease
  • Intrathecal pumps
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • The sacrum

Friday, October 18

8:00 - 10:30 a.m.

MSK Pain and embolization: The real world and beyond...

  • Building an advanced interventional pain practice from scratch
  • Billing and coding: who pays for what and when
  • Shoulder embolization for adhesive capsulitis, anatomy, techniques, embolic agents
  • Video: Shoulder embolization
  • Elbow embolization techniques and how I do it
  • Frontiers of musculoskeletal embolization
  • Debate: GAE vs nerve ablation: who goes where?
  • Debate: GAE: temporary vs permanent embolics



Portal hypertension

This is not your grandmother’s TIPS! The evolving landscape surrounding the management of portal hypertension continues to excite the most advanced practitioners. The program will explore the complexity of care, strategies for optimizing patient selection, and technical and clinical outcomes. Nuances and insights will be presented in round table panel expert discussions and short didactic sessions highlighting emerging evidence and shifting paradigms.

These sessions will give you the EDGE to navigate the complexities of portal hypertension. A bonus hands-on symposium will introduce new technical approaches and devices.

What will you learn?

  • Understand the current state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology practice in portal hypertension.
  • Learn and experience the technical aspects of TIPS creation, using available access sets and intravascular ultrasound guidance.
  • Recognize major unanswered questions and potential areas of future growth in IR treatment of portal hypertension.

Thursday, October 17


  • Early bird 1
    Early (< 72 h) TIPS for bleeding: practice variations and reasons why
  • Early bird 2
    Early TIPS for ascites
  • Night shift
    Emergent TIPS
  • The controversial TIPS
    High MELD, CKD/ESRD, HE, active drinking, not OLT listed, older adults, high RA pressure/cardiac failure, active infection/biliary dilation
  • Bulking up
    TIPS and sarcopenia
  • Thrombus is not your enemy
    TIPS for PVT in different settings
  • Alphabet soup of liver disease
    ABCs of liver disease: MASLD, MASH, MetALD, ACLD
  • Pump it up
    Impact of RA pressure on TIPS risk and outcomes


  • Dinosaurs vs. millennials
    Role of fluoroscopic TIPS approaches in the age of IVUS
  • Under pressure
    PPG targets, what and where to measure, and targets in different conditions. Pressure measurements? Are they reliable? Aren’t absolute pressures better?
  • Honey, I shrunk the TIPS
    Controlled expansion stents, role for smaller shunts
  • Closing time
    Varices: obliteration, decompression, embo; which one and how?
  • The spleen is a delicate friend
    Transplenic and transmesenteric approaches, acute and chronic PVT techniques


  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
    Understanding physiologic changes after TIPS: cardiac, renal, etc.
  • Feeling tipsy
    HE after TIPS: avoidance/mitigation measures beyond standard risk factors; Management of other overshunting complications.
  • Clot busters
    Antithrombotic strategies in TIPS and PVT/portal vein recanalization
  • Cautionary tales
    Worst adverse events
  • I want to do more TIPS
    Practice building and referrer engagement, top 5 tips



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