One of the many options you have for relief of chronic pain is procedures. Your doctor may recommend a procedure to help diagnosis and treat acute or chronic pain. Here is a quick over view of what to expect if that is a path you and your care team decide upon.
Preparing for the procedure you will want to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. You will need to fast for 6 hours before your procedure and with hold water for two hours before your procedure. It is best to be well-hydrated in case IV sedation is called for.
Your doctor will go over all medications with you when you are scheduling the procedures. Often blood thinners and insulin will be stopped a few days or hours before the procedure. If you have any questions or are unclear on which medications to continue or pause, give your care team a call.
If you will have sedation during your procedure you will need to have a driver present with you to stay and take you home. For your safety your driver will need to be a family or friend. The only exception is Special Transit Services (STS).
Our team is dedicated to making sure you are well informed and prepared for all options for your pain relief. Each care team takes time to explain, in depth, what will occur and what to expect. If you have any questions at any step of the way, each care team member would be happy to pause explain to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.