What is intraoperative neuromonitoring? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada


By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash

Intraoperative neuromonitoring is a technique that uses electrophysiological methods to keep close watch on the specific neurological parts of the body during surgery, such as the brain, spine, and nerves.  In other words, it gives your doctor a better view of your nervous system when you’re undergoing surgery.  Intraoperative neuromonitoring is usually conducted and controlled by a trained and certified technologist and monitored by a physiologist or a neurologist.

This technique has been a part of many medical procedures in the last several decades and has helped protect patient’s nervous systems.  During surgery, neurophysiologic signals are monitored and if there are any changes shown, the doctor can take action to correct it.  Through this technique, risks of hearing loss, paralysis, disruption of other necessary bodily functions, or loss of feeling or sensations in parts of the body are significantly reduced. Basically, any nerve function or change in brain or spinal cord function will be recorded and will alert the technician and doctor of the issue.  If an injury does occur, it is usually detected in time to make a surgical correction.

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