A new sensory test now detects neuropathy earlier than previous methods were able to, according to two hospitals in Chicago. The Chicago Center for Diabetic Sensory Nerve Restoration Surgery Inc. and Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Center announced that the non-invasive, painless technique allows doctors to measure levels of neuropathy in its early stages.
The procedure, called Neurosensory and Motor Testing (NMT), is a repetitive test that detects how much pressure the patient can feel to monitor subtle changes in nerve function. The doctor uses a sensory device to put pressure on the calf and three different spots on the foot of the patient. The patient then signals when he or she can feel the pressure and the information is recorded by a computer.
"From those results, we can tell how active the nerve is and how much neuropathy the patient does or does not have. And we can tell which nerves are affected," Michael Kell, director of marketing for the Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Center, told Diabetes Health.
Previously, other forms of testing have been unsuccessful in detecting neuropathy early enough that surgery could control it, according to the hospital’s press release.
The procedure "allows for early detection and treatment of diabetic neuropathy, which can prevent further medical complications and even amputation," said Severko Hrywnak, MD, DPM, CEO, of the Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Center, in the press release.
For more information about the procedure, contact Michael Kell by phone at (773) 637-1700 or log on to www.aasc.cc.