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Day of Surgery – Slideshow (below)

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Please note: These instructions are meant to serve as a general guide for most patients coming in for neurosurgery procedures, and sometimes there will be exceptions and changes. Please consult with your physician and their team for the process specific to your surgery.

On the day of your surgery, please arrive at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and enter through the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Heart Center, located at 173 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY. The entrance is to the left of the main Milstein Hospital entrance.

Parking is a scarce resource around Columbia University Medical Center. Valet parking is available in front of the main entrance of Milstein Hospital at 177 Fort Washington Avenue. Additionally, the hospital’s parking garage is located at 115 Fort Washington Avenue, between 164th and 165th streets, and is managed by the NYP Parking Office. The garage is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Forms of payment accepted at the hospital’s parking garage include cash and debit/credit card. For more information on parking at the hospital, please contact the NYP Parking Office at (212) 305-4903.

Upon entering, you will check in at the security desk in the lobby and the security guard will direct you to the elevators to take you to the preoperative registration desk on the 3rd floor of the Heart Center.

Take the Heart Center elevators to the 3rd floor, and you will find the registration desk where you will register for your surgery and fill out any necessary paperwork.

After your paperwork is filled out, you will be directed to the waiting area.

A nurse will come out to greet you in the registration waiting area and take you into the preoperative area to prep you for your surgery. Family members may accompany you into the preoperative area.

In the preoperative area, your vital signs will be taken and you will change into a gown and place your personal belongings in a bag provided by the hospital. You will be fully prepped for surgery in this location and then taken by a nurse to the operating room on the 4th floor.

Your surgery time will depend on your individual case, but your surgeon and team will do their best to inform both you and your family/visitors of the expected time of completion. You can take comfort in knowing that you are in the hands of highly skilled surgeons during this time.

After your surgery is completed, you will move to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit or PACU on the 4th floor of Milstein to take time to recover from the anesthesia. You may spend some time in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit located on the 8th floor if it's necessary to monitor you more closely.

When your medical team determines that you are ready to leave either the PACU or the Neurological Intensive Care Unit, you will move to the Neuroscience floor located at 7 Garden North in the Milstein Hospital Building.

While on the Neuroscience floor, you will be monitored by your medical team until they determine that you can be discharged from the hospital to continue to recover at home.

After you are discharged from the hospital, your surgeon and their team will give you specific instructions about postoperative care. Please see our follow-up guide for information about what to expect for your follow-up visits.

patient journey

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