Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Where do I come for my appointment?
A:  We are located on the 2nd floor of the Atrium Medical Center. When you come in the front, we are to the left one floor up. You may take the stairs or the elevator.

Q:  How should I prepare for my appointment?
A:  Most patients will be having a procedure and should not eat or drink for 4-6 hours prior to their arrival. We also ask that you bring someone to drive you home. If you have any questions concerning this, please ask our pain nurse.

Q:  What if I am on Blood Thinners like Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix?
A:  Make sure you tell the Pain Nurse when she calls for an interview. We will contact your medical doctor, or your cardiologist to see if it is OK for you to stop them for a while. We will instruct you when to stop these drugs and when to restart them.

Q:  Will I be put to sleep for my procedure?
A:  No, for most procedures you will receive light sedation. This will relax you and make the procedure more pleasant.

Q:  Will I see the doctor prior to my procedure?
A:  Yes, you will always see the doctor prior to any procedure.  For your first visit, it might take longer to assess your pain and discuss your case. Subsequent visits will also require reassessment and further discussion. 

Q:  What procedure will I have?
A:  That depends on your pain problem. Everyone’s situation is different. On the first visit, your pain will be assessed and a treatment plan formulated. This will be discussed with you. During your treatment course, the plan might change depending on how well you do.

Q:  How long will my procedure take?
A:  That depends on the procedure. Most procedures, such as epidural injections and facet nerve blocks take about 5-8 minutes. There will also be some preparation time.  After the procedure, the recovery time is usually less than 20 minutes.

Q:  How often will I need to come to the Pain Clinic?
A:  Again, everyone’s problem is unique requiring different treatments. Some patients require diagnostic procedures to determine the cause of their pain before the pain can be treated. In some patients, the reasons for their pain are more easily defined. If you require further visits, we will make your future appointments for you at the time of your visit.

Q:  May I bring family or friends to my appointment?
A:  Yes, you are welcome to bring family and friends. If you would like them in the room at the time the doctor visits, please
ask the nurse to have them present. We do ask that you do not bring small children.  

Q:  Will I have any activity restrictions after my procedure?
A:  Due to the effects of the sedation, you should not perform the following activities for 10-12 hours following your procedure: drive, operate machinery, or make important decisions. Your physical activities will probably not be restricted. In fact, we may ask you to be more active in the time after your procedure to help make your diagnosis. You should be able to return to work the next day. 

Q:  What if I have questions prior to my appointment?
A:  Prior to your first visit, you will be contacted by the pain nurse for an interview. You may ask questions at that time. If you
have further questions at any time, you may call and ask at:(513-420-5165)