Patient FAQ's

  • Who is Medsurant Health?
  • What is intraoperative neuromonitoring?
  • What is the purpose of IONM?
  • How does IONM work?
  • What happens the day of my surgery?
  • What are the benefits of IONM?
  • What are the risks of IONM?
  • Who pays for IONM?

Medsurant Health provides professional and affordable intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) services to hospitals and physicians. We have an expert staff of highly trained clinicians with years of experience in surgical neuromonitoring, under the supervision of qualified professionals trained in neurophysiology (the study of the function of the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves). Our mission is simple: to provide high-quality, real-time information to surgeons during surgical procedures so that patients receive highest-quality patient care. Meet our neuromonitorist team of practices to learn more about Medsurant Health.

Intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) protects patients by continuously monitoring the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, and nerves) when it is at risk during surgery. Depending on the procedure, a variety of tests can be used to measure the nervous system function. A trained Medsurant Health clinician, or neuromonitorist, under the supervision of a qualified professional, constantly monitors the sensitive information from the neurological tests. If there are any changes or potential problems, our clinician can immediately alert the surgeon and nurses to prevent a possible deficit. Read more about our intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) services.

The purpose of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) is to protect your nervous system. The real-time information of IONM can often prevent neurological injury (damage to the brain, spinal cord, or nerves). When neurological injury does occur, the immediate feedback from IONM allows the surgeon, anesthesiologist and nurses to quickly respond to minimize long-term post-operative damage. IONM provides an additional layer of safety for both you and your surgeon.

Typically, intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) works through measuring and creating electrical impulses and determining their effect on the nervous system. To gather this information, electrodes are attached to your wrist, ankles, scalp, and sometimes to specific muscle groups, depending on the type of surgery. The electrodes record the response of your nervous system to electrical stimulus and can indicate changes in the functioning of your nervous system. If there are significant changes, the clinician will immediately alert the surgeon and, if necessary, appropriate intervention is initiated.

Before going into the operating room, you may meet your neuromonitorist on the day of surgery. They may take a quick medical history, perform a directed physical assessment, and have you complete some general paperwork (to include a consent for monitoring as well as an assignment of benefits). In most cases, after anesthesia sedates you, electrodes may be placed on your head, arms, and legs. These electrodes are hooked-up to our advanced monitoring system, which helps your neuromonitorist interpret the signals that your nervous system transmits.

During your surgery, when using intraoperative neuromonitoring your neuromonitorist will provide feedback on the status of your nervous system to your surgeon and anesthesia provider. After the surgery is done, all of the monitoring electrodes will be safely removed and disposed of.

Intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) provides critical information about your neurological system to your surgeon during surgery to protect you and to increase the chance of a positive surgical outcome.

The risks of IONM are minimal. Consult with your surgeon to discuss the risks of your surgery.

Your insurance carrier may pay for a portion of the costs associated with IONM. This amount depends on your specific carrier and your insurance plan. Please check with your insurance carrier to find out about coverage for intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM). If you have additional questions for Medsurant Health, contact a specialist or call 855-479-9614.