Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring for spinal surgery diminishes the risk of complications. During your spinal surgery, IONM uses various nervous system tests to assess the condition of the spinal cord. These assessments are conducted using electrodes applied over specific nerves and muscles. The neuromoniorist uses these potentials to alert the surgical team, in real-time, of imminent danger to the structures. Avoiding potential injury to the sensory and motor pathways ensure better surgical outcomes and minimizes overall deficits. With effective spinal cord monitoring, surgical teams can prevent adverse postoperative outcomes.
Tools for Spinal Cord Surgery
During a high-risk surgery, the neuromonitorist performs a variety of physiological assessments such as electromyography (EMG) or somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP). Using intraoperative spinal cord monitoring techniques supports best practices in surgical medicine and provides better outcomes for our patients. At Medsurant Health, patient safety is always our number one priority. We wish to further the standard of care and administer the safest practices in medicine.