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Ear, nose and throat medicine: Acoustic neuroma to the parotid

The application of neuromonitoring techniques can considerably reduce risks during parotid surgery

Surgery in ear, nose and throat medicine is delicate, complex and high-precision. This is also the case for surgery of the parotid (parotid gland surgery). During parotid surgery, the location of the branches of the facial nerve poses a major challenge for the surgeon. Monitoring, localization and function-testing of nerves located in the operating field is indispensable in supporting the surgeon during the parotid procedure. Neuromonitoring >> serves as a method of choice, delivering lower risks and an improved patient outcome. The most common ENT interventions in which inomed products are used include the following:

  • Parotid surgery (surgery of the parotid gland)
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Tympanoplasty
  • Mastoidectomy

Monitor nerves, mitigate risk and improve patient outcome: Parotid gland surgery and other ENT procedures can be performed safely

During a parotid gland (parotid) procedure, the facial nerve is particularly at risk.

For thyroid surgery >>, neuromonitoring with inomed nerve monitoring technology can help  reduce the risk of nerve injury to the vocal cord nerves and thus minimize the possibility of  temporary or complete vocal cord paralysis.

During tympanoplasty procedures, neuromonitoring reduces the risk of injuring nerve tissue when milling near the boney facial canal. Additionally, during mastoidectomy procedures, neuromonitoring techniques are also used to reduce the risk of injury during milling in the vicinity of the bony facial canal.

Surgery in ear, nose and throat medicine is more challenging without the use of neuromonitoring equipment and techniques. Nerve-sparing parotid surgery (surgery of the parotid gland) improves the quality of intraoperative management and shortens operating times. Patients respond positively to the reduced surgical time leading to improved outcomes.