Electrophysiological monitoring and image guided technology has vastly improved the precision for neurosurgeons around the world. One American neurosurgeon, Dr. James Fick from Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, gratefully attests to these technologies’ reliability and accuracy in a field that requires nothing less.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, Dr. Burak Ozgur and our medical team strive to always provide the best care for our patients of Irvine and surrounding California areas. The improvements in technology and surgical assistance have indubitably increased the accuracy, precision, and safety during surgeries.
By placing electrodes into the muscles of the head, neck, arms, hands, and legs, electrophysiological monitoring activates sensory pathways and reports neurological functions of patients who are under anesthesia.
During this process, a monitoring technician will oversee a patient’s vitals and report to the surgeon. Based on this information, the surgeon can determine whether they are operating too aggressively or if the nerves are becoming irritated. The technician may communicate with an off-site neurologist for consultation about any concerns of surgery.
Dr. Fick explains, “There can be 18 reasons why the surgical neurophysiologist sees a change in the patient’s readings, which can ultimately change the way I do the surgery.” The importance of constant communication and evaluation is vital for the surgeon and the surgery.
Image guided technology helps surgeons determine where they should make an incision and how to locate a tumor through three-dimensional images. Neurosurgeons do many complicated procedures where the difference of a millimeter could mean paralysis. With image-guided technology, a surgeon can touch an area of the patient’s head and the computer can tell exactly how close they are to the tumor.
Though these technologies have significantly improved surgical procedures and accuracy, a surgeon also greatly relies on their expertise. The skill and confidence of surgeons and nurses are purely enhanced with the help of technology.
Dr. Fick proclaims, “It’s very reassuring during times of a very difficult surgery that I know I’ve done everything I can to bring a new element of safety using these technologies.”
ONE Brain and Spine Center physicians couple their exceptional proficiency and expertise with advanced technologies to provide patients with the best surgical experience. If you or someone you love is suffering from a brain or spine condition, call and schedule an appointment at our Irvine office, today!
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