pre-procedure instructions

At the Pain Management Clinic, we utilize the latest medical procedures and techniques to aid in the treatment and management of acute and chronic pain. For your safety, and to optimize your experience, please carefully read and follow the information below:

What to Expect:

Most blocks and other pain treatments do not necessitate any restrictions in activity. Unless otherwise advised by your doctor or the pain management specialist, you may resume your previous activity level.

The effect of the block on pain control and the duration of relief will vary from person to person. It may take 7-10 days for pain relief to take effect. A member of our staff will attempt to contact you in the week after your surgery to see how you are feeling and to answer any questions you might have.

Preparing for Your Procedure:

Do not have anything to eat 6 hours prior to your procedure. This includes food, candy, mints, gum, chewing tobacco, etc.

Do not drink anything 4 hours prior to your procedure, including water, juice, milk, coffee, soda, etc.

You must arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you home after your procedure. You cannot drive for approximately 6 hours after your procedure.

If you develop a cold, cough, fever or other health problems, notify the Yellowstone Surgery Center and your primary care physician prior to the procedure.

If You Are Diabetic or On Medications:

If you are diabetic and on oral medication:

a. Do not take your medication if your appointment is before 12 noon. Do bring your medication with you to your appointment.

b. If your appointment is after 12 noon, take your medication with food before 6 a.m.

c. Continue to monitor your glucose level throughout the day as normal.

If you are diabetic and taking insulin:

a. Take 1/2 of your scheduled insulin if your appointment is before 12 noon. Do not eat before your appointment.

b. If your appointment is after 12 noon, take your normal morning insulin along with your morning meal.

If you are taking aspirin regularly, stop taking it 2 days prior to the procedure.

If you are taking a blood thinner such as Coumadin (warfarin) you must have permission from your physician to stop this medication 5-7 days prior to the procedure. Lab work will be required prior to the your procedure to check your bleeding potential (P,PTT,INR).

If you are taking Plavix, Ticlopidine or Aggrenox, you must have permission from your physician to stop this medication 7-10 days prior to the procedure.

If you have been prescribed Lovenox, you must stop taking this medication 24 hours prior to your procedure.

You may take any medications not listed above in the morning prior to your procedure with a sip of water, unless otherwise advised by your physician.

Additional Information:

Please bring your insurance card(s) and photo ID with you to your procedure. Co-payments and/or deductible payments may be required. Credit card, check and cash payments are accepted. To reduce financial worries during your recovery time, please contact your insurance company to verify your current benefits and if Yellowstone Surgery Center is considered In-Network. If you have additional questions, please contact a Patient Representative at 237-5977.




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