WHAT IS INTRAOPERATIVE NEUROMONITORING?
Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) is the utilizes state-of-the-art technology to observe your nerve function during a surgical procedure. Tiny, non-invasive electrodes are placed over the nerve & muscle areas of your body and then connected to our IONM equipment, allowing our trained professionals to monitor and report any nerve signal deviations detected immediately to your surgeon.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF IONM?
Our specialists work with your surgeon to ensure your surgery is a success. Benefits of IONM include:
Decreased Risk of Neural Damage
Increased Surgeon Confidence
Improved Surgical Outcomes
Decreased Operating Time
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
IONM is painless & non-invasive with little to no risk. The type of monitoring that your surgeon chooses to use will determine the risks, if any, and as with any procedure, the risks versus the benefits must be carefully considered by you and discussed with your surgeon.
DOES INSURANCE COVER IONM?
If your surgeon has deemed IONM to be a necessary component of your surgery, the fees associated with this service will be submitted to your health insurance carrier. In some circumstances, the hospital may have a contractual obligation to pay for this service. All IONM services will be billed out of network with the exception of the following carriers: Viant, Department of Labor, Multiplan, Medicare, ACPN. For more information or pricing of services, please contact us.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT THE DAY OF SURGERY?
Prior to your surgery, you will be introduced to your neuromonitoring technologist in the pre-operative holding area. He or she will review your health history, brief you on the monitoring procedure, answer any questions you may have, and present a consent form for our services. He or she will then place the tiny, non-invasive electrodes on the surface of your skin over the areas that will be monitored during the procedure. Monitoring of the selected nerves and muscle areas typically begins shortly after you are anesthetized and data is collected continuously throughout the surgery. Your surgeon will incorporate the data we collect and report into their decision-making process. Monitoring is then concluded when we are dismissed by your surgeon.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Contact us if you have any additional questions, would like to request information for your surgery, or to schedule our services.