Thursday, December 26, 2013

Loyola physicians edit guide to monitoring neural function during brain and spine surgery

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Medical Center physicians Christopher Loftus, MD, and José Biller, MD, are co-editors of a new comprehensive guide to monitoring neural function during brain and spine surgery.

The 416-page text, Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, is published by McGraw-Hill Professional. The third co-editor is Eli Baron, MD.

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring takes the reader step-by-step through the proper protocols for measuring and mapping neural function, emphasizing the correct application of intraoperative recordings for improved surgical outcomes.
The text describes how to use the latest neuromonitoring tools and presents common and lesser-known techniques for neural assessment. Features include:

  • Learn-as-you-go guidance on measuring and mapping neural structures, focusing on the proper evaluation of pertinent patient data and providing the surgeon with accurate updates through the duration of the case.
  • Five-part organization that explains topics such as neuromonitoring during cerebrovascular surgery, mapping cerebral and brainstem function and neuromonitoring in spinal surgery peripheral nerve procedures.
  • Numerous illustrations, figures, surgical images and angiograms.
  • Full chapter-ending references.

Loftus is chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Biller is chair of the Department of Neurology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Baron is a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.