You can have surgery for a wide range of issues and each brings special concerns when it comes to recovery. That's why Stormont-Vail HealthCare recently opened a Spine Center.
Jennifer Tichenor was among patients recently getting a look at the place that could make a big difference in her future. Jennifer is having an artificial disc put in her back. After surgery, she'll be one of the first patients in the Spine Center.
Spine Center Coordinator Anne Cleverdon, RN, says the unit is for people who've just had neck or spine surgery. Rooms are specially designed and the staff all have training and experience in caring for back patients. She says having a dedicated unit will allow staff to get aggressive with therapy right after surgery, giving patients a better chance at a complete recovery.
The patients' journey through the Spine Center starts before they go into the operating room. Patients get a handbook and attend a pre-op class so they can get information about their procedure and ask questions.
"It helps with their fears and anxieties," Cleverdon says. She says if they're educated and have an expert team to care for them after the surgery, they do well and can return to a great quality of life.
That's what Jennifer is walking away with. She says the class helped her know what to expect when she goes homea and what to expect when she's in the hospital. Now, her greatest expectation is for a pain-free future.