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The role of Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) in surgeon satisfaction

Keeping surgeons and physicians happy is a primary concern of hospital executives — it’s what helps them attract and retain the most skilled practitioners.

And with all of the variables and specialties involved, it’s also one of the most challenging issues to address. Minimizing risk and creating collegial environments that place patients first, however, go a long way towards achieving surgeon satisfaction. These factors are even more acute when patients are undergoing brain, spine and other surgeries that require IONM, as there’s a greater risk for postoperative neurological deficits. But not all surgical neurophysiologists offer the same level of clinical neuromonitoring expertise — and surgeons notice.

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