The concept of monitoring nerve function during nerve surgery has long been used with head, neck and spinal surgery, but has not been considered for lower extremity surgical cases. At Anderson Podiatry Center for Nerve Pain we were the first to utilize this concept. If it’s good enough for the head, neck, and back it should be good enough for the foot and lower extremity!
So, how is it used? To reverse the life-altering symptoms of neuropathy and restless legs. We open nerve tunnels that are causing too much pressure and injuring your nerves. While the surgery is being performed the Nerve Integrity Monitor (NIM®) machine (the leading nerve monitoring system used in most of the hospitals in the US and created by Medtronic), monitors the progress of the surgery. We take measurements before and after the tunnel is opened. We then have a paper report of how much the nerve function improved in the operating room. It’s very exciting to see as much as 300 percent improvement in some patients! This reported improvement in the operating room translates to functional improvement for the patient, oftentimes in terms of dramatically improved and even reversed symptoms of neuropathy (numbness, tingling, burning sensations) and restless legs.
We share this information with the patient immediately after surgery, much to their delight. We also use the data collected to do studies which are being used to demonstrate to the rest of the medical world that our procedures have a very positive effect for those suffering from neuropathy or restless legs. The following are some facts that Medtronic would like you to know, to help you understand the significance of what we do. They are excited about our results and consider it an important contribution to the medical community:
- Anderson Podiatry Center for Nerve Pain is the first facility to integrate intraoperative nerve monitoring into lower extremity surgery.
- We perform more intraoperative nerve monitoring procedures than anyone in the Rocky Mountain region, and possibly the country.
- We are helping to pioneer the concept of intraoperative nerve monitoring use in the lower extremity, in conjunction with Medtronic.
- Our experience has shown us that monitoring nerve function during surgery gives us the best opportunity to optimize improved nerve function.
- Nerve monitoring reduces the risk of intraoperative nerve injury (according to research by the International Neuromonitoring Society for Thyroid Surgery)
- Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring provides feedback to the surgeon for more complete nerve treatment
Speak to one of our doctors today to learn more about intraoperative nerve monitoring. We feel it’s a useful tool and can help to improve the outcome of the procedures that we do for neuropathy and restless leg symptoms.