What can I expect on procedure day?
We require that you check in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pain management appointment time and fill out the consent forms for the procedure. All co-pays, co-insurance, and deductible payments are due at the time of the service, unless other arrangements such as a payment plan are made in advance. If you need to cancel or reschedule your procedure please notify us within 24 hours of your scheduled time to avoid any cancellation fees. We ask that you bring a list of your current medications, allergies, and medical conditions with you on your procedure day, as well as wear loose fitting clothing giving the physicians access to the treatment area.
What can I expect after my procedure?
We will discharge you the same day following your pain management procedure with your post-procedural instructions. Due to the local anesthetic that is used, it is common for patients to experience weakness and or numbness in the treated areas for a few hours after the procedure. During the first 24 hours after your procedure, you may experience an increase in your pain due to inflammation from any steroid that is used. This should subside in a short amount of time and can typically be controlled with anti-inflammatories and ice. In the event that you experience any of the following symptoms, please contact us immediately:
- A high fever (101° F or greater.)
- Severe positional headache that is not improved with fluids, rest, caffeine, etc.
- Loss of bladder or bowel control.
How should I prepare if I am going to be sedated?
We offer IV sedation for most procedures performed by our physicians at our pain management clinic. It is administered by an experienced, board-certified anesthesiologist who will be with you throughout the entire procedure to ensure your safety and comfort. If you would like to be sedated, please follow the following instructions:
- Please do not eat solid food for 6-8 hours before your appointment.
- You may drink clear liquids such as water, apple juice or black coffee, up until two hours prior to your scheduled procedure time.
- Please bring an escort with you who can accompany you home
How do I cancel an appointment?
We do our best to confirm all new patient appointments 24 hours in advance. In the event that you cannot keep the appointment on the attached card, we ask that you please notify us within 48 hours of your appointment time. You can also make changes to, or cancel your appointment on our website.
How do I request other medical records?
We ask that you obtain copies of your medical records such as any imaging or documentation of previous procedures, surgeries, or pain management treatments, etc. For your convenience we have included an authorization for medical record release. You should give it to your referring physician to expedite the process.