Procedure Information

Scheduling a Procedure

Depending on your treatment plan, one of our providers may recommend a procedure be performed. If so, one of our posting secretaries will assist you with scheduling your procedure at the time of your visit.

If for any reason you need to cancel or reschedule your procedure, please contact the procedure scheduling department at 410-266-2743.

Please inform the office if you need to cancel or reschedule your procedure at least 48 hours in advance. Changing your appointment with less than 48 hours notice may result in a $100 cancellation or rescheduling fee.

Before a Procedure

Food
Do not east or drink anything for six hours prior to the procedure. If your procedure is scheduled in the afternoon, have a light morning meal.

Medications

  • Stop any blood thinners (Aspirin, Ticlid, Plavix, Aggrenox, Soma Compound,
    Excedrin, Persantine, Pletal, Trental, Reopro, etc) for 7 days.
  • Stop anti-inflammatory drugs (Motrin, Aleve, Advil, Ibuprofin, Naproxen, Mobic, Relafen, Daypro, etc) for 7 days – you may continue to take Celebrex
  • Stop any herbal supplements for 7 days including multivitamins and vitamin E.
  • No pain medications the day of the procedure except for long acting opoids.
  • If diabetic, inform us of your medications and you will be instructed on how to modify.
  • Please continue taking any other prescribed drugs the day of the procedure with a small sip of water, including blood pressure medications. IF you are unsure of which medications to take, please call our office.

Timing
Allow 60-90 Minutes for all procedures (2 hrs for discograms). Although your actual procedure will take much less time, you must plan time for us to explain details about the procedure, complete paperwork, and get you ready. In addition, you will be observed for approximately 15-45 minutes after the procedure. Because of these factors, you may notice your arrival time is earlier than the schedule time for your procedure.

Smoking
Do not smoke on the day of the procedure.

Transportation
Have a driver accompany you. You cannot drive yourself home. No cabs, taxis, or UBER are permitted. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in cancellation of the procedure, cancellation fee, and additional actions based on circumstances.

Illness
If you are experiencing any symptoms of fever, colds, nausea, vomiting or infections, please contact our office immediately so that we can determine if you are able to have the procedure.

You must bring your most recent MRI, CT Scan, or Radiology Films/Discs on the day of the procedure. Failure to bring your films on the day of our procedure may result in the cancellation of your scheduled procedure.

After the Procedure

Limitations
We suggest you plan on not doing any strenuous ore repetitive activities (including therapy) for 24-48 hours after your procedure. You may schedule therapy appointments 48 hours after the procedure, unless otherwise instructed. You should have someone to assist you at home.

Additional Instructions
We will provide more detailed after-procedure instructions before discharge.

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