Day of Surgery
On the day of your surgery please arrive at the canopied entrance (outpatient entrance) and proceed to Day Surgery which is located to the right of the entrance, just past the gift shop. You and your family will be registered and familiarized with your room. A nurse will review some of the medical history and questions you were asked previously to ensure your safety throughout the pre-operative period. The nurse will also take vital signs, go over necessary paperwork, discuss the pain scale and pain medications, and answer any questions regarding your surgery and post-operative care.
After getting settled, you will have an IV started. This is used to give you medications and fluids before the surgery since you were asked to not eat or drink in preparation. An anesthesiologist (a physician who manages your sedation) will meet with you to further review your medical history and discuss anesthesia options given during the procedure. The operating room (OR) nurse will also meet with you to discuss what will happen during surgery. You will also see your surgeon before surgery to mark and initial the surgical site.
Spine surgery varies in length based on the needs of each patient. Most surgeries are about one to four hours in length. This is helpful information for anyone that may be planning on accompanying you and sitting in the waiting room during your surgery.
While being cared for in the operating room, your dedicated team will be working first hand with your physician to perform your surgery. The team takes great pride in ensuring that all specialized equipment is ready for your case. They also take great pride in ensuring that the entire surgery is performed in the most sterile fashion. The spine team is specially trained to handle the complexity of your case. They are more than just the people behind the surgical masks. They are the care team dedicated to you!
Post Anesthesia Care
After your surgery is finished an anesthesiology provider and circulating nurse will take you to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). This is where you will recover following your surgery. You will be assessed by a nurse who will take continual vital signs, give pain medications as needed and set up your pain management regime. The surgical waiting area liaison and/or volunteers will keep your family and loved ones updated about your recovery throughout the process.