Acıbadem Comprehensive Spine Center

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Unit

Intraoperative neuromonitoring is used to preserve the functions of neural structures including the brain, brain stem, cranial nerves, and peripheral nerves. Depending on the region of the brain or spinal cord that is damaged, the individual may no longer be able to move, feel, hear, or speak. In recent years, intraoperative neuromonitoring is widely used during brain and spinal surgeries to avoid such damage.

The intraoperative neuromonitoring team uses special neurophysiological methods to monitor the functional integrity of neural structures during the procedure in eligible patients and thus, is able to identify a potential injury caused by the surgical procedure at an early stage and alert the surgeon. Most of the times, the surgeon can use this information to modify his surgical strategy and avoid damage to neural tissues. Thus, it is possible to prevent potential postoperative damage of critical functions including speech, hearing, or sensory abilities.

Which patients need intraoperative neuromonitoring?

Patients benefit from intraoperative neuromonitoring during surgical procedures that involve a high risk of injury to neural tissues. This method is most commonly used during brain, nerve, and spinal surgery as well as procedures performed on the brain and spinal cord.

Our intraoperative neuromonitoring team consists of experienced neurologists and technicians who have been trained in neurophysiology. This team joins the surgeon during procedures that involve a high risk of injury to the neural tissues.

The intraoperative neuromonitoring team closely collaborates with the surgeon and anesthesiologist during the surgery.

Out team members:

Ass. Prof. Elif Ilgaz Aydınlar, MD

Doç. Dr. Elif Ilgaz Aydınlar

Prof. Aydınlar is a faculty member at the neurology department of Acıbadem University School of Medicine. After graduating from Akdeniz University School of Medicine she completed her residency training at the Haydarpaşa Numune Teaching Hospital. She has been a staff member of Acıbadem Health Care Group since 2000. She completed her training in intraoperative neuromonitoring at the St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, NY, affiliated with SUNY University, and she has been providing this service since 2010. Since 2015, she is a Board member and a member of the training committee of the International Society of Intraoperative Neurophysiology (ISIN).

Ass. Prof. Pınar Yalınay Dikmen, MD

Pınar Yalınay Dikmen

Prof. Dikmen is a faculty member at the neurology department of Acıbadem University School of Medicine. After graduating from Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at the Okmeydanı Teaching and Research Hospital. She has been a staff member at the Acıbadem Health Care Group since 2002. Between 2007 and 2010, she completed a post-graduate program in electrophysiology at the Istanbul University Health Sciences Institute. She has been involved in intraoperative neuromonitoring since 2012. She is a member of the Turkish Clinical Neurophysiology EEG-EMG Association and the International Society of Intraoperative Neurophysiology (ISIN).

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