Day of Procedure FAQs

Read on forĀ frequently asked questions regarding a typical day of procedure for a spine injection treatment. Contact an experienced Tampa Bay doctor to discuss further.

Will I Receive Confirmation Phone Calls?

Yes, you will receive a phone call one week before the procedure confirming you still need it, and a second phone call two days before the procedure confirming your appointment time.

How Long Before My Procedure Should I Stop Taking Certain Medications and Supplements?

Stop taking all blood thinners ten days before the procedure. In addition to prescription blood thinner medications, you must stop taking supplements which act as blood thinners, such as vitamin E, fish oil, multivitamins and herbal vitamins. One week before the procedure, you must stop taking the following medications:

  • Aspirin
  • Brilinta
  • Coumadin
  • Effient
  • Eliquis
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including naproxen and ibuprofen
  • Plavix
  • Pradaxa
  • Xarelto

We will need written permission from your primary care doctor or cardiologist to stop the medication if you are taking Coumadin, Effient, Eliquis, Plavix, Pradaxa or Xarelto.

Are There Limitations on my Drinking and Eating Prior to My Appointment?

Yes, do not eat any solid food or drink liquids after midnight on the day of your appointment. If you take medication, you may do so with a small amount of water. If you are diabetic, do not take your medication until the procedure is finished. You should check your blood sugar levels before arriving for your appointment.

When Should I Arrive for My Appointment?

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the time of your procedure.

Do I Need Someone to Drive Me Home Afterward?

Yes, you cannot drive yourself home after your procedure. We ask that you arrive with a friend or family member who can drive you home.

What Happens After the Procedure is Finished?

Prior to discharge, you will spend some time in the recovery room where you are monitored.

What Sort of Restrictions Are There After I Arrive Home?

Patients should not take a bath, swim or otherwise immerse themselves in water for at least 48 hours after a procedure. You can take a shower the following day. If you suffer pain from the procedure, apply ice to the affected area for pain relief and/or take over-the-counter NSAIDs.

Once home, avoid bending, lifting, twisting and crossing your legs as much as possible. Walking, however, is encouraged. If you have been assigned a back brace, wear it except when you are in bed.