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Babka Surgery Suites

Orthopedic Surgery Care Path

What to Expect - Patient Care Path

Surgeon Office Visit

If you are experiencing orthopedic pain or concerns, the first place to start is the doctor's office. You may need to see a primary care provider for a referral to a specialist. You can find an orthopedic specialist here. After a visit with an orthopedic specialist, you may be referred to Finley's surgical services.

Pre-Admission Testing

Pre-admission testing is an important step before any surgical procedure. A pre-admission nesting nurse will call or meet with you to discuss your surgery. The nurse will review your doctor's orders, lab test, x-rays and complete a full health history. Pre-admission testing is also a time to get any of your questions answered before surgery. At this appointment, you will receive a folder highlighting any special instructions, important phone numbers and other need to know information

Babka Outpatient Center - Preoperative Preparation

The Babka Outpatient Center is where you will start your surgical experience. The nurses here will prepare you for surgery, including reviewing your health history. Depending on your procedure your experience may vary. You may expect to get an IV, meet with your anesthesiologist and receive pre-operative medications. Your surgical site will be verified and prepped for surgery. 

Surgery

Specialized physicians perform surgery in state-of-the-art surgical suites with nurses, certified operating room technicians, anesthesia personnel, patient centered care techs.  

After Hospital Care or Hospital Stay

After surgery, you may be discharged or require a short hospital stay. Your recovery may include rehabilitation, pain management, patient education and discharge, and designated orthopedic nurse.

Pain Management

Because pain is a complex problem, Finley's Pain Clinic takes a multidisciplinary approach in developing patient treatment plans, which includes medical management of pain and a variety of minimally invasive procedures. It's important for patients to be able to manage pain in and out of the hospital.

Physical Therapy

Finley's inpatient and outpatient

rehabilitation programs are designed to improve patients' ability to perform daily activities and improve quality of life pre- and post-surgery. The rehabilitation staff works with the patient and referring physicians to determine the best treatment plans for each patient's goals.