NASS Insider

August 03, 2021

NASS Podcast: Neuromonitoring During Cervical Spine Surgery

In a recent podcast from the NASS Section on Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, section co-chair Dr. Adam Doan sat down with Dr. Todd Albert, Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, to discuss his use of neuromonitoring during cervical spine surgery. Dr. Albert’s clinical practice focuses on treating patients with disorders of the cervical spine, and he served as past president of the Cervical Spine Research Society, making him an ideal guest to share his views on the utility of including intraoperative neuromonitoring during cervical spine cases.

Their discussion touched on Dr. Albert’s perspective regarding some of the controversies surrounding the routine inclusion of neuromonitoring for cervical spine surgery, including its established efficacy, the cost-benefit aspect and the notion that many surgeons use neuromonitoring solely as a medicolegal safeguard. Check out the conversation to learn how having a routine plan, a familiar team and sound communication foster the ideal neuromonitoring-anesthesia-surgeon relationship.