Brief Commentary on Gidley et al: “Contemporary Opinions on Intraoperative Facial Nerve Monitoring”

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Intraoperative facial nerve monitoring (IOFNM) has evolved from requiring sophisticated electromyography equipment to a self-contained monitor with an auditory signal. Subspecialty ear surgeons currently use IOFNM in most otologic and temporal bone procedures as it improves facial nerve outcomes. Our competency and near-universal adoption of IOFNM notwithstanding, otolaryngologists are rarely reimbursed for this procedure. Subspecialists value this technology as medically necessary and should importune fair reimbursement for their expertise in this procedure that is so vital to patient safety.

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