The Special Procedures Unit (SPU) is a streamlined clinical setting that enables you to have your pain management or physiatry procedure performed in a place that is not as complex as the operating room, yet is outfitted with all the necessary safeguards. Located at 429 East 75th Street, the SPU offers convenient access to the advanced techniques that have made procedures safe in this ambulatory setting. Your physician will decide if your procedure may be performed in the SPU.
All procedures in the Special Procedure Unit are scheduled between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. A registered nurse will notify you of your arrival and procedure time one business day prior to your procedure. Arrival time is usually one hour before your scheduled procedure time.
If you have a cold, cough, fever, an open sore near the injections site, or any illness prior to the procedure date, please notify your physician’s office as soon as possible. Your physician may decide to reschedule your procedure.
You will receive three important phone calls:
Please wear a mask and follow all safety protocols.
When you arrive, you will initially go to the 1st floor to have your temperature taken. A patient liaison will guide you through the check-in process. After you are checked in, the Patient Access Services team will ask you COVID-19 screening questionnaire and complete the registration process. Your procedure, recovery and discharge process will take place on the 2nd floor.
Connecting with Remote Visitors
To enhance communication on the day of procedure for our remote visitors, phone calls and/or text message updates may be sent to a designated recipient. iPads are available to help you virtually connect with your family member or friends.
Once in the pre-operative area, you will be seen by the clinical team to go over your medical history, allergies, medications, and details about the procedure. Once you are settled, your temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood pressure will be taken. The nursing staff will confirm medical information gathered during their telephone conference with you and will review the planned procedure. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
After you speak with your physician and sign the consent form, the procedure room nurse will review some information with you. Your procedure will take place in a sterile operating room. Once the procedure is complete, you will be transferred to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU).
Procedures vary in length. Your physician’s office can clarify your expected procedure duration to assist with your planning.
The recovery process is different for everyone, but most people spend about 20-25 minutes in the recovery room, depending on the type of procedure. If your procedure requires anesthesia, recovery is a minimum of one hour.
Your blood pressure, pulse, respirations, and temperature will be checked again. After an assessment is completed by the nurse and your specific discharge instructions have been reviewed with you, you will be ready to go home. Please remember that your safety and comfort are our main concerns, and if you do not feel well after the procedure, the nurse may keep you for further observation.
Please follow the post-procedure instructions given to you.
On the day after your procedure, a post-operative nurse will call and check up on you to see how you are feeling. These calls are made Monday-Saturday between the hours of 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.
For non-clinical questions related to the day of procedure, please call:
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