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Q - What should I do if I take blood thinners?
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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers about pain management, pain treatment and procedures from Pain Specialists of Orange County.

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Q: How long does the relief from injection procedures last?

A: The amount of relief each individual receives from the injections depends mostly on the underlying problem. Therefore, individual responses and the management of the pain vary significantly.

Q: How many injections does it take to get relief?

A: Most injections are performed in a series of three, 2 weeks apart. However, patients are evaluated after the second injection to determine if they need to receive a third injection.

Q: What do I need to do before my procedure?

A: Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Make sure you let your physician know if you are taking any blood thinners (anticoagulants). Take the rest of your medications as you normally do.

Q: What should I do if I take blood thinners?

A: If you take blood thinner medications such as Coumadin, Plavix, Ticlid, etc., please let your physician know before scheduling your procedure for appropriate instructions regarding stopping the medication. Return to previous page

Q: Can I drive after my procedure?

A: It is recommended that you don't drive after your injection procedure. It is REQUIRED for you to have another adult drive you after any procedure which requires IV sedation, or any procedure which may cause numbness or weakness in your legs. Please follow your pre-procedure instructions as each injection treatment is different. Return to previous page

Q: Is the injection going to hurt?

A: Local anesthesia is provided for all injection procedures to numb the skin before any needle placement. Most procedures are therefore tolerated very well with only local anesthesia.

Q: Can I take my medications before the procedure?

A: Aside from blood thinners (anticoagulants), you should continue all of your other medications as scheduled.

Q: What if the procedure doesn't help?

A: If interventional techniques are not effective in treating your pain problem, various medical pain management options are available which may then be tried.

Q: What do I do following my injections?

A: After each procedure, you'll be provided complete post-procedure instructions.

Q: What if my condition requires surgery?

A: At that time, appropriate surgical referral will be made.

Q: How often can I have a steroid injection?

A: Most steroid injections are safe up to three times in a six-month period. Return to previous page

 

Contact the Pain Specialists of Orange County with your questions about pain conditions, pain management and treatments. Call: (949) 297-3838

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Office Locations
Laguna Hills
24953 Paseo de Valencia
Building A, Suite 3A
Laguna Hills
CA 92653
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Mission Viejo
25982 Pala
Suite 280
Mission Viejo
CA 92691
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Irvine
35 Creek Road
Irvine
CA 92604
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Fountain Valley
10221 Slater Ave.
Suite 114
Fountain Valley
CA 92708
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San Clemente
647 Camino de Los Mares
Suite 221
San Clemente
CA 92673
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