is a risk of complications for all surgical procedures. "Iatrogenic
injury" is the term for injury occurring during surgery.
The accepted incidence of neurological deficit is 11% to 15% for
some procedures in and around certain structures of the nervous
system. (1, 2) Surgeons that utilize intra- operative neurophysiological
monitoring can reduce that percentage significantly.
Hospitals benefit from full documentation of neurophysiological
function during the procedure. When using (IONM) Intraoperative
Neuromonitoring, physicians, hospital staff and patients can
feel confident that every precaution has been taken to ensure
a successful outcome and avoid unintentional damage that may not
be apparent until a patient awakens.
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