Everything from, 'Preparing for Surgery' to 'Going Home' can be found in our Patient Surgery Guide.
If your physician determines that your spine injury or condition
requires surgery, you will be referred to the St.Vincent Spine Center
Surgery Evaluation Center (SEC). The Surgery Evaluation Center is where
all your preoperative testing chest X-rays, EKGs, blood tests, physical
exams — will be done.
Results from the pre-op testing are entered directly into your chart,
which is readily available for your physician to refer to as necessary.
Your surgeon will receive notification of any concerns that may arise
from the pre-op testing so that he or she can determine whether your
surgery can take place as scheduled.
Day of Surgery
On the day of your surgery, you’ll come back to the St.Vincent Spine
Center, where the registration process will be quick and easy thanks to
preregistration that is done by phone several days before your surgery
Your procedure will be performed in one of our state-of-the-art
surgical suites, built to allow surgeons to teleconference with other
specialists when necessary.
– James Hardacker, M.D., St.Vincent Spine Center
"As a tertiary spine center,
St.Vincent has made a unique commitment to the latest and most
innovative techniques, including the only Open Upright MRI in central
Indiana and O-Arm technology.
The Open Upright MRI is used for
diagnosing dynamic instability of the spine, which is undetectable in
the standard spine MRI. The O-Arm technology allows for real-time CT
scans of difficult cases in the operating room. These are expensive and
unique technologies necessary to care for complex spinal cases performed