How Somatosensory Evoked Potential Helps

Somatosensory Evoked Potential

Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SSEP) evaluate nerve pathways responsible for feeling touch and pressure. SSEP can be used for a number of applications, including:

  • stimulation of muscles in the leg to assist with improving gait
  • evaluation of spinal cord integrity after injury
  • assessment of vascular flow to the brain
  • stimulation of the tongue to effect the pons
  • stimulation of nerves in the face to treat headaches

SSEP testing involves electro-stimulation of a series nerves, recording of the nerves’ performance as they travel to the brain. SSEP testing is standard practice for intraoperative neuromonitoring during thoracic, vascular, cervical and brain surgeries, among other types of procedures.

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Who can benefit from SSEP?

Patients suffering vision problems stemming from mild traumatic brain injury – both past or present – can benefit from SSEP treatment.

This form of testing uses a mild stimulus to make certain nerves react, thus sending a signal to the brain. The SSEP assesses the pathways from nerves in arms or legs through the spinal cord to the brain. In less than an hour, we can assess damage to the nervous system and how it is affecting the relationship between sensory nerves and brain.

At Broadview Spine & Health Centre in Ottawa, our experienced team offer the utmost quality in our intraoperative neuromonitoring services. To find out more, call us today at 613-728-2929 or book an appointment online.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. At the start of the appointment you may be asked to remove your shoes and outer upper garments in order for there to be space for the application of detection electrodes.
  2. Detection electrodes will be glued to various spots on the neck, back and scalp of the patient.
  3. A generator is used to generate small electrical impulses along the nerves in your wrist or ankle. These impulses may cause little twitches but are not painful.
  4. As the patient, we encourage you to listen carefully to all instructions and stay relaxed in order to guarantee optimal results. All responses will be recorded through special equipment.
  5. Following the procedure, you will be able to put any clothing or shoes on that you removed and go straight home.
  6. The doctor will discuss results of your test with you after they have been analysed.

If you have any other questions about the Somatosensory Evoked Potential procedure, do not hesitate to contact us, we would be happy to help.

SSEP treatment has been shown to significantly help with patients who are suffering from vision problems that have occurred from both acute and severe traumatic brain injuries.

To find out if you are eligible for SSEP treatment, contact Broadview Spine & Health Centre in Ottawa today.

A SSEP procedure can take less than an hour and includes both the assessment of the damage to the nervous system and how it is affecting the relationship between sensory nerves and the brain.

To find out if you are eligible for SSEP treatment, contact Broadview Spine & Health Centre in Ottawa today.

Somatosensory Evoked Potential (SSEP) treatment is a safe and non-invasive procedure. The procedure is conducted through the use of electrodes placed externally on the body to generate small electrical impulses that investigate the pathway of sensory nerves leading to the brain.

To find out if you are eligible for SSEP treatment, contact Broadview Spine & Health Centre in Ottawa today.