Your body has its own electrical system. Only instead of fuses and wires, yours is created of neuro pathways with unique neurological responses.
Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) keeps tabs on how these neuro pathways are reacting to electrical stimulations in real time as the surgeon operates. If the technologist notices a change in response time or strength, the surgeon can be notified and take corrective action.
Electrodes are attached to your body in various places depending on the procedure being performed. A technologist will use these electrodes to send electrical impulses through your body in order to monitor nerve pathways. The speed and intensity of the signals are constantly compared to established standards.
Your technologist uses a special computer to read these signals throughout your surgery. In addition, another physician reviews your neural data in real time via telemedicine. If anything changes in your nerve pathways, they can immediately inform the surgeon so the problem can be identified and corrected.
Thanks to the Internet and other information technologies, physicians can now help patients remotely. This is great for patients because it eliminates distance barriers and improves access to medical services.
During your surgery, one of our remote physicians monitors the real time data reported from your technologist from an offsite location. This means you have two sets of expert eyes keeping track of your neuro pathways, one right next to you and one in another location.
Prior to surgery, you’ll discuss your medical history with an Axis technologist. If you have any questions or concerns about our services, share them. Also, remember to mention any special medical conditions you may have, like:
We make sure the claims are completed 100% accurately and all authorizations are in place. That’s how we contribute to smaller or no out of pocket patient expense for IONM.
Over the course of my time with Axis, I have spoken with quite a few patients regarding billing information post-surgery. Most of them tell me they are so glad that we were a part of their surgery. It put their mind at ease knowing our services greatly reduce the risk of spinal cord/nerve deficits during surgery.