Nerve Monitoring on Face and Neck Surgery
Nerve Monitoring on Face and Neck Surgery is utilized by physicians when performing nerve monitoring during complex surgical procedures involving cranial nerves. The surgeon or an electrodiagnostic technologistpreparesthe patient prior to surgery by attaching fine wires and electrodes on designated areas, such as the face or neck (in the case of facial nerve monitoring). In a case of recurrent nerve monitoring, the electrodes are integrated into the endotracheal tube. These electrodes are connected to electrodiagnostic equipment that monitors specific nerves either through automated monitoring (e.g., an audible alarm) or by clinician interpretation of the monitoring device's output. The surgeon is alerted when the nerve is being affected by the procedure.