What are the purposes of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring?

Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring involves using certain monitoring techniques to reduce the risk of iatrogenic damage to the nervous system during surgery. Specifically, there are three basic purposes of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM):

– To locate neural structures during surgery;
– To test the function of neural structures during surgery; and
– To detect any injuries to the nervous system during surgery, which allows the surgeon to take immediate corrective measures.

Fortunately, there are few side effects to IONM itself. IONM involves attaching electrodes to the body, testing the nervous system, and monitoring the nervous system during surgery. Any possible side effects are typically minimal.

However, there is a greater risk that the IONM does not perform as intended. The equipment may malfunction during surgery, or the technician performing IONM may be poorly trained or distracted, and may fail to properly communicate with the surgeon.

When IONM is not performed correctly, and a patient is harmed as a result, that patient can seek compensation for his or her damages. Typically, the surgery involves the delicate brain, spinal cord, or nerves, and any damages can be large.

If you have been injured during a surgery being monitored by IONM, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles IONM attorney, at 310-385-0567. He has experience in helping victims of IONM that has gone wrong. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.