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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2012 Feb;94(2):179-84. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.94B2.28019.

Use of multimodal intra-operative monitoring in averting nerve injury during complex hip surgery.

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Schulthess Clinic, Lengghalde 2, Zurich 8008, Switzerland.


Peripheral nerve injury is an uncommon but serious complication of hip surgery that can adversely affect the outcome. Several studies have described the use of electromyography and intra-operative sensory evoked potentials for early warning of nerve injury. We assessed the results of multimodal intra-operative monitoring during complex hip surgery. We retrospectively analysed data collected between 2001 and 2010 from 69 patients who underwent complex hip surgery by a single surgeon using multimodal intra-operative monitoring from a total pool of 7894 patients who underwent hip surgery during this period. In 24 (35%) procedures the surgeon was alerted to a possible lesion to the sciatic and/or femoral nerve. Alerts were observed most frequently during peri-acetabular osteotomy. The surgeon adapted his approach based on interpretation of the neurophysiological changes. From 69 monitored surgical procedures, there was only one true positive case of post-operative nerve injury. There were no false positives or false negatives, and the remaining 68 cases were all true negative. The sensitivity for predicting post-operative nerve injury was 100% and the specificity 100%. We conclude that it is possible and appropriate to use this method during complex hip surgery and it is effective for alerting the surgeon to the possibility of nerve injury.

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