Pre and Post Procedure Information

Pre-Injection Patient Instructions

  1. Have NOTHING to eat or drink 6 (six) hours prior to the procedure. This includes cigarettes, gum, mints, etc.
  2. DO NOT take any product containing aspirin for 3-5 (three to five) days prior to the procedure. DO NOT take any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Motrin, Advil, Aleve, etc.) medications for three days prior to the procedure. Continue to take prescribed medications as instructed by your doctor. You should not take any pain medication the day of the procedure. You may start them again after the procedure is completed. Advise the doctor if you are currently being treated for any infection or if you feel that you may be acutely sick (fever, chills, nausea, etc.).
  3. Please advise if you are on any blood-thinning medications, i.e., Coumadin. It is recommended that you DO NOT take any blood thinning medications 3-5 (three to five) days prior to the procedure.  You MUST contact your prescribing physician regarding your procedure and instructions on stopping your blood thinning medications.
  4. DO NOT take any herbal medications 3-5 (three to five) days prior to the procedure.
  5. Bring your pain management prescription and any relevant x-rays (especially recent MRI scans) with you.
  6. Arrive at least 1 hour before your scheduled visit. The surgery center will call you the night before with a final time. Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
  7. After you are checked-in, you will be asked to sign a consent form for the procedure. Tell the nurse, at this time, if you have any allergies. If you have any questions, you should ask them at this time. The nurse will place an IV in your arm for safety and to allow for any required medication and/or sedation (if desired).
  8. Please allow approximately 4 hours for your visit to Colorado Pain Specialists.
  9. Upon discharge, you will be given post procedure instructions.

Post Procedure Patient Instructions

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take it easy for the next 12 hours.
  2. NO DRIVING FOR 24 HOURS after receiving any IV sedation.
  3. Have an adult stay with you for 12 hours after receiving any kind of sedation.
  4. ICE the area for the first 3 hours following an injection for 10 minutes at a time. Follow by icing the area as needed for relief of local pain.
  5. YOU MAY HAVE INCREASED DISCOMFORT BEFORE YOU FEEL BETTER.
  6. If medications have been prescribed, take as directed.
  7. Call our office if you experience itching, rash, stomach upset or difficulty breathing.
  8. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, CALL 911.

Steroids can cause side effects. They are almost all short lived in duration. Some of these side effects include:

  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Swelling
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Fluid Retention
  • Palpitations
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Menstrual Changes


The procedure cannot be performed if you have an active infection, flu, cold, fever and high, or uncontrolled blood pressure, or if you are on blood thinners. Please make your Physician aware of any of these conditions. This is for your safety!

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