So, your surgeon arranged IONM for your next surgery? Here’s what you need to know.
What is Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM)?
Intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) is a state-of-the-art medical service that monitors your spinal cord, nerves, and muscles during surgery. The goal is to make sure no permanent nerve damage takes place when they’re at risk.
Monitoring takes place real-time during your procedure. This allows your DNS neurological physiologist to immediately notify surgical team if they detect any changes. IONM makes surgery more safe and protects your health for better surgical results.
What to expect before surgery
Surgery days can be confusing and emotional — and that’s normal. There are a lot of people involved to get you the best care! If your surgeon called for Doctors Neurological Services, don’t worry, our caring team will be by your side from pre-op to recovery.
First, we’ll meet you in pre-op 30-45 minutes before surgery. We’ll ask you a few questions about your current condition and health history to provide you personalized and comprehensive care. After, our technicians will then place several electrodes on your body to prepare for the procedure.
Feel free to ask any questions beforehand. Your safety and comfort are our number one priority.
Once you’re in the operating room and asleep, our technician may place more electrodes on scalp and muscle areas. This is to measure your nerve and spinal cord activity to ensure safe surgery.
Two DNS team members will accompany you during your procedure – one in the operating room, and one in a remote lab. Together, they monitor your nervous system and muscles through the procedure, provide information to surgical team, and assure your safety.