Feeling apprehension prior to surgery is understandable. We are committed to doing our part to make your surgical experience safe and successful. The IONM procedure we offer is designed to improve the outcome of your surgery by providing real-time monitoring of your nervous system, alerting your medical team of any damage risk during surgery.
The followingÂ information will explain what you can expect from IONM. It will show you how this safeguard gives your surgical team an additional tool that they can use to guarantee the best outcome from your procedure.
What is IONM?
IONM,Â or neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring, is a non-invasive form of monitoring that provides protection to your nervous system during spinal and cranial surgery. This monitoring is performed by a technologist under the supervision of a physiologist or a neurologist. Once you decide that neurophysiological monitoring is what you want, our caring medical staff will start working with you in the days prior to the procedure. On the day of your surgery, the neurotechnologist will be in the operating room, providing the support you need.
Preparing for Your Surgery
In the days leading up to your surgery, your doctor will provide you with detailed information on the forms of neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring testing that areÂ available. They will explain to you how the different tests can protect you, depending on the procedure you are having performed. At this time, any questions regarding insurance coverage, insurance forms, or fees will be explained by our administrative staff.
Some patients will require a test of their nervous system prior to surgery. If this is the case, your surgeon will inform you of this and the test can be scheduled.
The Day of Your Surgery
On the day of your surgery, our technologist will meet you prior to you entering the operating room. We will jot down some information regarding your medical history as well as evaluate the current function of your nervous system.
Next, electrodes will be attached to your body. These will provide your medical team with the feedback needed to monitor any changes in your nervous system during the operation. Additional sensors may be applied by the surgical team when they arrive in the operating room, depending on the preference of your surgeon.
Your surgeon is able to monitor your neurological status and, when necessary, make adjustments or decisions based on changesÂ he or sheÂ notes in your nervous system.
This is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure. Including IONM in your surgical procedure can reduce the risk of permanent damage to your nervous system, which would result in symptoms such as weakness, hearing loss, loss of muscle control, or loss of bodily functions.
During Your Surgery
During the surgical procedure, there is constant communication with the surgical team. Any potentialÂ of worrisome changes are immediately communicated to the team, and the surgeon can determine how to proceed with theÂ operation while minimizing the risk of damage to your nervous system. IONM minimizes risk, improves results, and allows for better postoperative recovery.
Once the surgical procedure is complete, the technologist will remove the electrodes and then wait for you to awaken from anesthesia. The surgeon will take you through a brief neurological examination, confirming that your nervous system is functioning as it should after your operation. You will then be taken to recovery.
The proper function of your nervous system is key to every aspect of life. The IONM procedure minimizes the chances of irreversible damage to your nervous system. Contact us today, and learn more about how this revolutionary procedure can help youÂ get the best outcome from your upcoming operation.