Both Surgeons and Patients Benefit from IONM
By Admin | June 13, 2016
Before intraoperative neuromonitoring existed, surgeons could do one of two things to detect neurological deficits in their patients. One, they could have anesthesiologists slowly wake up patients enough to respond to stimuli during surgery. Or two, they could just complete the surgery and test each patient once they naturally woke up.
Neither method was ideal, especially considering the human body has miles and miles of vital and sensitive nerves throughout. And with complex surgeries, like those of the spinal column, a damaged nerve could lead to dire consequences, like paralysis.
IONM removes the guesswork and gives doctors and surgeons real time feedback during surgical procedures. Technologists can monitor neural pathways to ensure their response times remain constant. If something changes, the surgeon can be alerted, change their course of action, and most likely spare the patient from any negative neurological side effects.
IONM offers peace of mind to both surgeons and their patients.
To read more about how IONM is changing surgery, read “EPIOM Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring: Providing Benefits for Surgeons and Patients” from MD News.