Two of Biotronic’s clinical leaders recently published research on the use of somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) in the detection of sciatic nerve compromise due to lower extremity malpositioning. Kent Rice and Andrew Scott of Biotronic and an industry colleague, Dr. Anne Guyot published “Detection of Position-Related Sciatic Nerve Dysfunction by Somatosensory Evoked Potentials During Spinal Surgery” in The Neurodiagnostic Journal, 55: 82–90, 2015.
The study detailed three case reports demonstrating unique lower extremity position-related changes in lumbar surgery. “These case reports suggest that when the stage of surgery does not support iatrogenic changes (e.g., SSEP changes occurring during exposure), malpositioning affecting sciatic nerve should be considered even in the presence of a maintained popliteal fossa response, especially for patients placed in a kneeling position on an Andrews frame.”
This study marks the second published study in 2015 for the Biotronic research department. Biotronic is committed to publishing research in the field of intraoperative monitoring for the betterment of care for all patients.
Biotronic is a patient-centric healthcare organization that provides intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring services to surgeons and healthcare facilities across the country. At Biotronic, we place patients first through our commitment to quality, service, and community.