What is IONM?
Intra-operative Neuromonitoring (IONM) is the use of electrophysiological methods to monitor the functional integrity of neural structures of the body during surgery.
"It's like having an extra set of eyes and ears on the inside of the body to help tell the surgeon what is going on during surgery." Dr. Justin A. Smith, D.C.
Why do I need IONM?
It is a way to help protect both surgeon and patient during surgery. IONM helps guide and make the surgeon aware of any complications that are or may happen in real-time. Our NeuroTechnician will be present throughout the surgery and our Neurophysiologist will be available remotely if any problems may arise.
Real-time monitoring and guidance for the surgeon will minimize or may even eliminate any neurological injury to prevent permanent deficit.
What are the risks?
There are contraindications for some patients with certain neurological and cardiovascular conditions such as epilepsy, pacemaker, and implants in the skull. Chances of complications are low even with these contraindications.
What will happen on the day of my surgery?
You will be prepped for surgery and during that time you will be introduced to your Neurotechnician. They will go through all of the steps with you for your particular surgery. Answering any and all questions that you may have.