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Spine Surgery Patients at UPMC in Central Pa.

We are proud that you have chosen UPMC in Central Pa. for your surgery. We offer a unique, comprehensive spine surgery program developed by a collaborative orthopaedic and neurosurgical team. Comprised of physicians, nurses and other professionals trained in the care of patients undergoing spine surgery, our team works with you through every step of the surgical process.

Your Nurse Care Coordinator

As a UPMC spine surgery patient you will be guided through your surgical preparation, procedure and recovery by your nurse care coordinator. Your coordinator will:

  • Contact you before your surgery to offer you an educational preoperative class.
  • Assess your home needs and caregiver availability during the initial call.
  • Act as a liaison between you and your health care team throughout your treatment.
  • Answer your questions or find the appropriate person to answer them for you.
  • Use the information you provided in the initial call to help you manage your transition from hospital to home.
  • Contact you to make sure you are recovering after you return home.

At any time before or after your surgery you may call your nurse care coordinator to ask questions or discuss concerns.

Spine Surgery Guidebooks

We understand that having spine surgery can raise many questions and concerns. That’s why we developed comprehensive guidebooks for our patients who are undergoing spinal surgery. Our guidebooks cover general information, preoperative guidelines, your surgical experience, recovery and home care. We offer two guidebooks for our spine surgery patients, which can be found below. 

Cervical Surgery Guidebook (PDF)

Lumbar Surgery Guidebook (PDF)

Learn more about our comprehensive spine care program.

View our Post Surgery Spine Surgery Exercises

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