Why Choose Mount Sinai for Your Spine Surgery
The staff at the Mount Sinai Inpatient Spine Unit is proud of its multicultural employee and patient population, as well as the hospital’s mantra that ‘we open our doors to all patients, providing state-of-the-art surgical care and postoperative management to optimize recovery after spine surgery.’ Our internationally recognized team of orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgeons provide care to more than 1,400 adult and pediatric spine patients annually. Additionally, our nursing care is stellar and recognized as such by the prestigious Magnet Award in Nursing.
Mount Sinai’s Inpatient Spine Unit was carefully designed to maximize the efficacy of the hospitalization process. The preadmission education process begins before surgery with Spine School, where patients meet members from our multidisciplinary team of nurses, physical therapists, social workers, and pain management experts. The goals of this program are to:
- Allow patients to feel more comfortable with the surgical process
- Establish realistic expectations of the surgical experience
- Initiate planning for discharge postoperatively
A short tour of the unit and admissions office is also included.
What to Expect While Hospitalized for Spine Surgery
While hospitalized, patients are cared for in a variety of settings, depending on their medical condition and complexity of surgery. Our state-of-the-art critical care units and 24-hour diagnostic services allow us to address even the most complex cases. Patients’ postoperative pain is acutely managed under the direction of the surgical team or our dedicated pain management services.
Physical therapy in the majority of cases will begin on the day after surgery to optimize mobility in the postoperative period. The therapist, along with social work, case management, physical therapy, and nursing team members, decide in interdisciplinary discharge planning rounds what the most appropriate discharge plan for you will be, and what equipment and services you may qualify for. Once the safest, optimal discharge plan and equipment needs have been determined, the information will be discussed with the patient and or family (and with their initiated approval).
Postoperative and Follow-Up Care
The majority of our patients return home within 1-5 days. Our team collaborates closely with a multitude of home care services. In the event you require more intensive physical therapy, our team will work with you and your family to facilitate discharge you or your loved one to the most appropriate rehabilitation services. Mount Sinai ranks among the nation’s top 15 for Rehabilitation Medicine by U.S. News & World Report. Our affiliated sub acute rehabilitation is located close by, and is run by a Mount Sinai physiatrist.
Although complications are rare during hospitalization, they unfortunately and unexpectedly can arise. Mount Sinai’s rapid response team and multiple critical care units are prepared in the event of an emergency 24 hours a day.
Patients will follow up with their attending surgeon within several weeks of surgery. The time frame for this appointment is determined by physician preference and type of surgery. The contact information will be provided for your postoperative appointment in case a question or concern arises after your discharge from the hospital.