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The Special Procedures Unit


What Is the Special Procedures Unit?

The Special Procedures Unit is a streamlined clinical setting that enables you to have your pain management (or pain treatment) procedure performed in a place that is not as complex as the operating room, yet is outfitted with all of the necessary safeguards. Located at 429 East 75th Street, the Unit offers convenient access to the advanced techniques that have made procedures, which previously required hospitalization, safe in this ambulatory setting. Your physician will decide if your pain treatment procedure may be performed in the Special Procedures Unit.

Special Procedure Scheduling

All procedures in the Special Procedure Unit are scheduled between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. A registered nurse will notify you of the time you need to arrive for your procedure. Please be aware that all scheduled times are estimates of what is expected. Unforeseen situations do sometimes occur, and your procedure may be performed earlier or later than originally planned. Arrival time is usually one half 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.

Getting ready
Please expect phone calls one business day (Monday through Friday) before your planned procedure date.

  • A phone call from a member of the admitting staff to verify your insurance coverage
  • A phone call from a registered nurse to discuss specific preparations for the procedure, confirm your arrival time, and answer any of your questions

You may be asked to bring your most recent MRI, CT scan and/or X-rays of your body. We will return these films to you prior to discharge from the hospital.

If you have not heard from us by 2:00 pm (14:00) the business day before your scheduled procedure, please call us at 212.606.1744.

How to Get to the Special Procedures Unit

If you are traveling by car, you can be dropped off at the Unit entrance, at 429 East 75th Street. There are parking garages located one block away on 75th Street, between 2nd Avenue and 1st Avenue. See our Neighborhood Map for additional garages and other services nearby.

The Day of the Procedure

How to dress
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes.

What to leave at home
Do not bring valuables (including jewelry) with you – Hospital for Special Surgery cannot be responsible for them.

When you arrive at The Unit
Please follow the directions given to you by your physician’s office or ask for assistance at the reception desk in the Main Lobby. The Special Procedures Unit is located at 429 East 75th Street.

Pre-procedure preparation
Upon arrival at the Special Procedures Unit, you will be greeted by the nursing staff. You may or may not be asked to change into a hospital gown (depending on the type of procedure you are having done).

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.

Following your procedure
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.

At Home

Please follow the post-procedure instructions given to you.

A registered nurse from the Special Procedures Unit will call you 1-2 days after your procedure to ask how you are feeling. The nurse will help answer your questions or, if necessary, relay you concerns to your physician, who will follow up with you. If a problem arises, contact your physician’s office or the Special Procedures Unit at 212.606.1744.

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