Meet The Medical Team: Lori Slenker, RN, MSN, CVRN-BC
>> LORI SLENKER: I’m Lori Slenker. I’m a nurse here at Okyanos. I’m also an Intake Specialist.
I have been here since we opened. The first time I came into the clinic it was a dirt floor and so it’s been very exciting for me just to see, you know, how we’ve grown.
Lori works with prospective patients to get their medical records, pre-operative studies and surgical clearances.
>>LORI SLENKER: One of the most important things that I ask of the patient is, what are your goals for treatment? If what they are asking for is unrealistic, we’re very honest with them and most patients appreciate that… that you tell them, you know, that I don’t think we can do that for you, but maybe we can do this.
A lot of patients will ask – especially patients who, you know, have come through the website – how do the stem cells work? How is this going to help me?
A lot of patients are interested in the anesthesia. How are they going to be put to sleep? How long are they going to be asleep? We use IV medications – typically it’s propofol and some fentanyl. So patients go to sleep very readily. They wake up without a lot of the issues that general anesthesia causes — such as nausea, and just not feeling good all over.
A lot of patients want to know what they are going to feel like after the procedure. Are they going to have restrictions? Are there any special dietary concerns that they need to be worrying about for post-procedure? And the answer is typically no, we just tell people to stick to their normal diet. But it is important for them to have a well-balanced diet so that they can heal.
And the main thing that patients can do is just to take care of themselves. Be as healthy as they possibly can. They’ve gotten these cells. They need to give these cells a vessel that is, you know, in the best shape to do the work that they want them to do.
It is very exciting to see patients walk out the door. Typically, you know, our patients will go to dinner that evening. A lot of times they’re really surprised at that, so it’s great to see patients going out the door happy, a smile on their face. Their caregivers are happy. And we just always want the best for everyone.
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