Procedure Day

Questions About Procedure Day

Do I need to do anything special the day or night before my procedure?

Someone from the surgery center or hospital will call you to discuss pre-operative instructions.
Things you can do before your procedure are following:

  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the day of your procedure. You may brush your teeth, taking care not to swallow any water.
  • Follow doctor’s order regarding the taking of any medications the night before or the day of your surgery.
  • Take your morning medications with a sip of water.
  • Notify our office if there is any change in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever or flu symptom.
  • If there is a chance you are pregnant, please notify our office immediately.

When should I arrive at the hospital/surgery center?

Arrive promptly at the time specified by the surgery scheduler. If you are having a procedure at an outpatient surgery center, you will usually be asked to arrive one hour before your scheduled procedure. Times may differ if you will be admitted to the hospital prior to your procedure. Most pre-operative blood, lab or paper work is preformed prior to the day of your procedure.


What should I wear the day of my procedure?

Bathe or shower the morning of surgery but do not apply any makeup. Wear low heeled, comfortable shoes and loose, comfortable clothing such as t-shirts, button-down shirts, sweat pants or baggy shorts that will fit over bandages or dressings following surgery. Do not wear contact lenses or jewelry.


How long will my procedure take?

The length of interventional pain procedures vary. Simple epidurals take 5-10 minutes while more complicated procedures can take up to one hour.


What kind of anesthesia will I receive?

Most interventional pain procedures can be performed with a very light form of intravenous sedation administered by an anesthesiologist. You will meet your anesthesiologist in the pre-operative area of the surgery center or hospital.


long will I stay in the hospital/surgery center?

How The time you spend in the hospital or surgery center will vary depending upon the type of procedure performed, the type of anesthesia that was given, and your individual needs. Most patients are discharged within one hour of their procedure.


What are the most common complications of interventional pain procedures?

What are thMost patients will not encounter problems after interventional pain procedures. As with any procedure, however, there are potential risks, including, but not limited to: reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, blood clots, nerve damage, lack of full range of motion and scar formation.


What happens after my procedure?

You will be taken to the recovery room and monitored for a period of time before being discharged to home. If your procedure was done in a hospital and you are being admitted you will be taken to a patient room after your recovery room stay.

If your procedure was performed in a surgery center, a nurse will review post-operative instructions with you, as well as explain any special instructions provided by your doctor regarding diet, rest, medications, when to follow up with your doctor, and how to
use any durable medical equipment such as a sling or crutches which may have been ordered. Additionally, you will be given any post procedural prescriptions that doctor may have written.

When you follow up with your doctor, he or she will discuss additional post-operative instructions such as rehabilitation, when stitches may be removed, when you can drive or return to work or school, how long you should use crutches or a sling, how long you should take pain medications, and more.


What happens after my procedure?

You will be taken to the recovery room and monitored for a period of time before being discharged to home. If your procedure was done in a hospital and you are being admitted you will be taken to a patient room after your recovery room stay.

If your procedure was performed in a surgery center, a nurse will review post-operative instructions with you, as well as explain any special instructions provided by your doctor regarding diet, rest, medications, when to follow up with your doctor, and how to
use any durable medical equipment such as a sling or crutches which may have been ordered. Additionally, you will be given any post procedural prescriptions that doctor may have written.

When you follow up with your doctor, he or she will discuss additional post-operative instructions such as rehabilitation, when stitches may be removed, when you can drive or return to work or school, how long you should use crutches or a sling, how long you should take pain medications, and more.

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