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Procedures and Preparations

Procedures
  • Epidural
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • SI Joint Injections
  • Trans Foraminial Epidural Injections
  • Discogram
  • Occipital Nerve Injection
  • Intra Articular Injection
  • Radio Frequency Ablation
  • Spinal Chord Stimulator
  • Intra Thecal Morphine Pump
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Diagnostic Serial Block
Before The Procedure
  • Nothing By Mouth - This includes coffee, juice, gum, mints, etc.
  • Morning Surgery – Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure. Brush teeth without swallowing water.
  • Afternoon Surgery – You may eat a light meal eight hours and clear liquids six hours prior to your procedure. Nothing by mouth at least six hours prior to your procedure.
  • Alcohol - NO Alcohol for 24 hours prior to procedure.
  • Medications:
    • Coumadin – Coumadin must be stopped prior to your procedure. You MUST consult with your prescribing physician for appropriate directions BEFORE stopping this medication.
    • Aspirin – Stop aspirin for seven days prior to your scheduled procedure. If you are taking aspirin for your heart, speak with your cardiologist BEFORE stopping this medication.
    • Diuretics (water pill) – Take AFTER your procedure.
    • Insulin – Take ½ of your prescribed insulin dosages the morning of your procedure. For afternoon procedures, drink 4-6 ounces of juice with morning insulin. Please bring insulin with you on the day of your procedure.
    • Other Prescribed Medications – Take your prescribed morning medications with a sip of water the day of procedure.
  • Transportation - A responsible adult companion MUST drive you home and aid in your care after your procedure.
Day Of The Procedure
  • Pre-Op – Check in one hour before your procedure time. A late arrival may necessitate cancellation.
  • ID and Insurance – Bring a picture I.D. and all applicable insurance cards (including co-insurance). Please check with your insurance company for deductible/co-payment amounts.
  • Attire – Wear loose comfortable clothing. Do not wear contacts lenses, please wear your glasses instead.
  • Belongings – Do not bring anything of value.
  • Sterility of the Procedure Area – You should shower or bathe the evening before or the morning of your procedure.