Injuries sustained to the central and peripheral nervous system are often permanent.
Negative neurological outcomes sustained during surgery or as a result of anesthesia can destroy your life, or the life of someone you love.

When an injury affects the liver or kidneys, there are suitable alternatives to replace the function of these organs, such as dialysis, transplant or artificial organs. However, there is nothing that current medical science can do to simulate or to replace natural neurological function.

For this reason, it is key that you protect both the central and peripheral nervous systems during surgery. Intraoperative
neurophysiological monitoring is designed to allow your surgical team to do just that.

WHAT IS INTRAOPERATIVE NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING?

Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, also referred to as neural monitoring or IONM, is a technique that is used to reduce the risk of postoperative neurological defects involving the nervous system. This is not a new technique, but it is one that has evolved as neural monitoring technology has improved over the last two decades.

During surgical operation, your medical team is able to monitor electrical potentials from the nervous system. In real-time, they are able to test and evaluate the function of your brain, spinal cord, and nervous system. Using this procedure, your medical team is able to detect injuries before they reach such a level of severity that they cause a defect after the operation.
Including IONM in surgical procedures has allowed surgical teams to detect and correct injuries that have the potential to cause these postsurgical issues:

  • Muscle Weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Hearing Loss
  • Loss of Normal Body Functions

IONM is performed by technologists under the supervision of a physiologist or a neurologist. Certification is required to perform IONM. Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring is allowing the medical community to offer the best quality of care to patients, helping them to obtain the best results.