Nerve integrity monitoring during ear, nose and throat procedures helps surgeons reduce the risk of nerve damage in these sensitive areas. Franciscan Health offers nerve integrity monitoring in real time for ENT surgeries.
Minimally invasive surgery in the ear, nose and throat is a relatively safe procedure in the hands of a skilled surgeon. However, there is a risk of injury to the adjacent nerves. Particularly in throat surgery or in surgery involving glands in the throat, surgeons must take special care around the laryngeal nerve - the nerve that controls the voicebox. Damage to this nerve can result in a patient having difficulty speaking, breathing and/or swallowing.
A complement to the surgery, nerve integrity monitoring gives your surgeon a unique set of tools to identify hard to locate nerves, trace and confirm the nerve path, and monitor nerve function in real-time to help preserve nerve function and improve patient safety.