February 28, 2012 8:00 — 1 Comment
New Guideline Recommends Intraoperative Monitoring During Spinal and Chest Surgeries
The American Academy of Neurology has issued an updated guideline that recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis, or loss of muscle function, related to the surgeries. The guideline, which was developed with the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, appears in the Feb. 21, 2012, print issue of Neurology — the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology — as well as the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.
The guideline states that strong evidence shows monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries, such as those performed to repair narrowing of the walls of the aorta, can help prevent paralysis that can be related to the surgery. This also is known as intraoperative monitoring. The procedure can alert the surgeon in time to find and address the problem before damage occurs. For more information, click here to read the full release.