FAQ

Neuromonitoring Has Become Part Of The Standard Of Care For Surgeries That Place Elements Of The Nervous System At Risk.


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What is IONM?

IONM assists surgeons and protects patients by continuously monitoring your central and peripheral nervous system(s). The use of IONM can help your surgeon immediately identify surgical events that could lead to nerve damage. IONM is also useful in helping your surgeon identify nerves that may be otherwise obscured by surrounding tissue.

IONM assists surgeons and protects patients by continuously monitoring your central and peripheral nervous system(s). The use of IONM can help your surgeon immediately identify surgical events that could lead to nerve damage. IONM is also useful in helping your surgeon identify nerves that may be otherwise obscured by surrounding tissue.


  • IONM is medically recognized as an important tool for surgical procedures that place the central and/or peripheral nervous system(s) at risk for iatrogenic injury (harm resulting from medical treatment). The surgical patient’s brain, spinal cord, and nerves are monitored continuously for the duration of the surgical procedure.
  • IONM can decrease the risk of iatrogenic injury as the surgeon may alter his or her surgical technique should an IONM interpretation detect an adverse change in the peripheral and/or central nervous system(s). In addition, injury to the central nervous system or peripheral nerves may come as the result of the surgical patient simply resting incorrectly or being positioned incorrectly on the surgical table.
  • Alterations in surgical technique, and/or repositioning the patient on the surgical table based on IONM interpretations, have been shown to reduce the risk of temporary and/or permanent post-operative neurological deficits.
  • IONM provides improved anatomical identification for the surgeon which can decrease overall surgery duration, which in turn decreases overall patient exposure to anesthesia while keeping hospital costs down. Surgeons utilizing IONM offer their patients reassurance that every effort is being made to increase the likelihood of a positive surgical outcome.
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How does IONM work?

IONM assists surgeons and protects patients by continuously monitoring your central and peripheral nervous system(s). The use of IONM can help your surgeon immediately identify surgical events that could lead to nerve damage. IONM is also useful in helping your surgeon identify nerves that may be otherwise obscured by surrounding tissue.


  • IONM is medically recognized as an important tool for surgical procedures that place the central and/or peripheral nervous system(s) at risk for iatrogenic injury (harm resulting from medical treatment). The surgical patient’s brain, spinal cord, and nerves are monitored continuously for the duration of the surgical procedure.
  • IONM can decrease the risk of iatrogenic injury as the surgeon may alter his or her surgical technique should an IONM interpretation detect an adverse change in the peripheral and/or central nervous system(s). In addition, injury to the central nervous system or peripheral nerves may come as the result of the surgical patient simply resting incorrectly or being positioned incorrectly on the surgical table.
  • Alterations in surgical technique, and/or repositioning the patient on the surgical table based on IONM interpretations, have been shown to reduce the risk of temporary and/or permanent post-operative neurological deficits.
  • IONM provides improved anatomical identification for the surgeon which can decrease overall surgery duration, which in turn decreases overall patient exposure to anesthesia while keeping hospital costs down. Surgeons utilizing IONM offer their patients reassurance that every effort is being made to increase the likelihood of a positive surgical outcome.
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Who requested IONM for my surgery?

According to the type and complexity of your particular surgery the surgeon contacts SR and personally requests IONM.
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What are the risks associated with IONM?

There are risks associated with IONM. If you have an implanted cardiac device, implanted metal in your skull from previous neurosurgery, or a history of seizures; please alert your surgeon’s office and your surgical team prior to surgery. There is also chance of minor bleeding and infection from the placement of subdermal electrodes placed on your body. IOM reduces the risk but does not eliminate the possibility of temporary or permanent neurological deficits resulting from your surgery. Consult with your surgeon to discuss the risks of your particular procedure.