Night Before/Day of Surgery

After Midnight (Morning of Surgery)

  • Take medications that were instructed by your physicians or nurse with a small sip of water.
  • You may brush your teeth but do not swallow water.
  • Do not use perfumes, aftershave, powders, creams, make-up or nail polish.

Day of Surgery

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the receptionist, who will ask you to provide contact information and complete the registration process.

Depending on the nature of your surgery, it can take up to 4 or more hours.

Your surgeon or physician assistant will reach out to your family member or friend once your surgery is completed.

Your family members and/or friends can wait in the Family Waiting Room located on the 3rd floor across from the Ambulatory Surgical Suite.  We will be happy to direct you.

Pre-Operative Surgical Suite

During this time, you will be meeting with your anesthesiologist and surgeon. Your family member or friend can remain with you for a portion of time before you are brought into surgery.

Recovery Room

After surgery, you will be brought into the Recovery Area where you will be monitored while you recover from anesthesia. The average length of recovery is 2 to 4 hours. For your protection, visitors are not allowed in this area.

Recovering in the Hospital

After recovering from anesthesia, you will be transferred to your private room on the 10th floor of the John T. O’Connell Tower. For the convenience of your family members and friends, atriums are located at the entrance to the 10th floor. The atrium offers complimentary coffee and tea, vending machines, TV and internet.

Our goal at The Spine Institute of Connecticut at Saint Francis is to provide superior patient care and customer service by attending to the needs of our patients and their family members and friends.

Our patients receive multidisciplinary post-surgical care that includes nursing, case management, physical therapy, and occupational therapy when needed.

For various reasons, such as distance, language barriers, comfort factor, etc., family members may wish to stay in patient rooms. Please contact your nurse manager to discuss this option.