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What can I expect before, during, and after my procedure?

Before Pain Management and Treatment Procedures

For in-office procedures at our pain management center, physicians and/or nurses will provide you with special instructions to follow in the 6, 12, or 24 hours leading up to your appointment time. In some cases, you may be asked to avoid eating, drinking, or smoking. If you are currently taking blood thinners (such as Plavix®, Coumadin®, or full-strength aspirin) you will be asked to discontinue these medications prior to the procedure. Contact our pain management center to find out how far in advance you will be required to temporarily stop the blood thinner you are taking. Additionally, you may be asked to complete a series of forms in advance and bring them with you to your visit.


During Pain Management and Treatment Procedures

While a number of procedures are performed in a private exam or consultation room, others are performed in an operating room to maintain sterility. Many interventional pain management procedures may require the use of a local anesthetic, or numbing medicine, like novocaine, to numb the skin and deeper tissues. Some procedures require you to be placed on your back or you may be asked to lie on your stomach. Pain management procedures can take anywhere from 20 minutes (for such treatments as radio frequency lesioning) to three hours (for such treatments as spinal cord stimulation).


After Pain Management and Treatment Procedures

All of our pain management procedures are done on an outpatient basis. Some require up to an hour of recovery time until patients are able to return home, while others require a few hours of observation following the procedure. Patients undergoing procedures involving the use of anesthesia will not be permitted to drive after pain treatment. If a friend or family member does not accompany such a patient upon arrival, treatment will not be administered. Some procedures may leave patients in a certain amount of pain – such as incisional acute post-operative pain – which may be alleviated with IV or oral pain killers.


Generally speaking, you should avoid any strenuous activities on the day of treatment. You may gradually increase your level of activity over the days and weeks that follow. How one feels after treatment is subjective. Therefore, pain relief is assessed case by case. The physicians at our pain management center will follow up with you post treatment and monitor your progress. For those who have undergone pain rehabilitation, behavioral, or interventional pain management services with the healthcare professionals in our network, we will not only follow up with you, but work closely with your care team to evaluate your condition on an ongoing basis and help you find the pain relief and better quality of life you deserve.


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