IONM: Patient Benefits
Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) is a technique that helps reduce the risk of iatrogenic damage to a patient’s nervous system during a spine surgery. It provides guidance to the physician to perform the spine or neurological surgery carefully. The technique allows the surgeon to identify and avoid possible neurophysiological injuries such as muscle weakness, paralysis, hearing loss, and other loss of normal body functions.
What is Neuromonitoring?
Human body is a powerhouse run by electrical energy.The Veins are it’s wires and neurological responses are it’s circuits. This electrical system is distributed across the body via neuro pathways.
Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) technology offers an insight on how these neuro pathways react to electrical stimulations in real time during a surgical procedure. The response time and strength in the body system change radically and notify or guide the surgeon at the time of operation. The technology allows the surgeon to perform the surgery correctly and calculably.
Our technologists attach electrodes to your body at certain places depending on the surgical procedure you are undergoing. These electrodes send electrical impulses through the patient’s body to record the nerve pathway movement. The signaled record is compared with the standard intensity and strength.
The technologists use a specifically programed computer and software system to read the signals recorded during the surgery. An IONM specialist physician analyzes the neural data of the patient via telemedicine while the surgery is being performed.
Keeping a careful eye, the IONM physician can spot even a minor change in the patient’s nerve pathways, and informs the surgeon so that corrective measures can be taken to avoid neurophysiological injuries to the patient.
Technically, the IONM physician will not be present in the operation theater, but will help the patient and the surgeon remotely employing modern IONM technology.
How to Prepare for Neuromonitoring Procedure
Discuss your medical history, health conditions, and ongoing medications with your IONM specialist, physician and surgeon. It will help them prepare a treatment plan for you.
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