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Pre-operative Experience
The morning of surgery, the pre-op nurse will prepare you for your surgery and inform you what to expect before and after your procedure. Our goal is to minimize any anxiety and answer any questions you might have regarding your stay. Your vital signs will be taken and we will review your health history with you while making an overall assessment of your health. At this time an intravenous (IV) line may be stated and pre-op medications will be given. If any additional testing is ordered by your physician, this will be completed, and the OR nurse will interview you and provide you with information regarding what to expect in the operating room. 

The anesthesiologist will discuss with you your options regarding anesthesia and together you will make a plan for your anesthesia care. You will have them by your side from the moment you leave the pre-op area until you arrive in the recovery area, all-the-while administering your anesthetic plan.

Operating Room
The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital is a specialized hospital which performs spinal and orthopedic surgical procedures on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our board certified surgeons are dedicated to providing superior care to every patient. During the operative period one of our specially trained OR nurses will remain with you as your Patient Care Advocate until you are delivered to the team in the recovery room.

Recovery/Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
The recovery room is a calm environment where you will emerge from anesthesia. Here we will begin to provide pain control, prevent and/or treat nausea, and deliver warming therapies for your comfort. In order to protect the privacy of our patients, we do not invite family in this stage of your recovery period. Our PACU nursing team will use a scoring system to help evaluate your readiness to be admitted to your inpatient room, or to be discharged to go home. At that time, pain control and discharge instructions will be reviewed with your support person, as anesthesia can affect your ability to remember and/or comprehend the discharge instructions.