Preparing For A Procedure

The instructions below may be changed according to each patient’s clinical history and pain management needs.

If you are acutely ill, i.e. fever, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. or have been prescribed antibiotics, please contact the office as soon as possible in order to be rescheduled. You must be finished with antibiotics for 2 days and free of infection before the procedure.

If you are scheduled for a procedure with sedation, please do not eat (food, gum, hard candy) after the midnight before your scheduled appointment time. You may have clear liquids up to six hours before your procedure. Clear liquids would be water, apple and cranberry juice, ginger ale, black coffee or black tea (no milk/creamer).

If you are or might be pregnant, please inform the pain clinic staff.

Please leave valuables and jewelry at home or with the adult accompanying you to the clinic. We regret to inform you that we are not responsible for lost/stolen items.

If you wear dentures, please bring your case. If you wear contact lenses, please bring a case or wear eye glasses instead.

Please plan to arrive 30-60 minutes (procedures with sedation) before your scheduled procedure time. Allow sufficient time for prevailing traffic and weather conditions. If the procedure is without sedation, please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.

For those having sedation, please have a responsible adult (age over 18 years) available to drive you home after the procedure. It is expected that your driver will wait at the clinic during your procedure and be immediately available at the time you are ready to leave. For your comfort and safety, taxis and public transportation are not allowed.

You may continue pain medications, if any, before your appointment time. Do continue to take all other prescribed medications with a small sip of water.

Please bring your medications that you may need, such as an inhaler or insulin, with you on the day of the procedure.

Please inform staff of allergies or unusual reactions to anesthesia you may have had in the past.

If you are taking blood-thinning medications, such as Coumadin, please tell the appointment scheduler when making your appointment so you can receive special instructions about stopping your medication and/or special lab testing you need to complete BEFORE the procedure. For your safety, you will have to be off any blood thinning medications for a certain number of days before the pain procedure. However, do not stop this medication without getting permission to do so from the physician who prescribed it. You must do this before each pain procedure, as your medical situation can change over time. For your safety, your procedure may be delayed or rescheduled if these conditions are not met.

IT IS RECOMMENDED that you DO NOT stop taking your Aspirin or anti-inflammatory medicines before your procedure unless instructed to do so by your prescribing physician. Anti-inflammatory medicines include:

Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Naprosyn, Indocin, Relafen, Lodine, Daypro, diclofenac, Arthrotec or Celebrex. New anti-inflammatory medications often become available, so please check with your provider or pharmacist if you need more information about a medication.

If you DO have sedation, a complex pain procedure or an intravenous infusion: You should not drive, operate machinery or make legal decisions for 24 hours after the procedure.

Non-urgent questions?

If you have any non-urgent questions related to your condition or your procedure, please call us:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Friday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

For emergencies, after hours, and weekends, call the Physician-on-Call at 847-883-0077 and press option to reach the answering service.

Thank you, and we look forward to your visit!