Once your spine surgery has been scheduled, you will receive a written copy of your Clinical Pathway.
This flexible guideline will help you and your family understand the process of your treatment and anticipate your needs during recovery.
Your care team will review the plan at each critical stage and make any necessary adjustments to make sure your goals are being met.
There is also an assessment of both you and your home environment. This will include a strengthening program to help you be in the best physical shape possible for your surgery and recovery program.
Prior to surgery, you and your family will be invited to a preoperative educational class.
Class topics include:
The pre-op education class is held every-other Thursday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. You can register through your surgeon's office.
Prior to your surgery, you may speak with an EvergreenHealth care manager regarding your home-care needs as well as the type and frequency of physical therapy that will be most beneficial.
Your care manager will consult with your physician, nurses and physical therapist to make sure you have access to any needed equipment and/or assistance with activities of daily living.
Three-to-ten days before your surgery, a registered nurse from our Pre-op Clinic will call to evaluate your health. The nurse will:
This is also a good opportunity to ask any questions you might have prior to your surgery.
Our surgery preparation calendar will help you prepare for both your surgery and your recovery.