If you are considering having an injection procedure or have one scheduled in the future, below is a general guideline on what to expect and how to prepare for procedure day. Your physician may provide you with more specific instructions to follow that may be different or in addition to the information below.
How do I Prepare for my Injection Procedure?
- Make sure you arrange for appropriate transportation, as you will need a driver to bring you and take you home after the procedure. The procedure may not be done if you do not have a driver.
- Our staff will contact you with instructions on any paperwork that needs to be completed prior to your appointment.
- It is important that you feel healthy on the day of your injection procedure. If for any reason you have a fever, an active infection, or have used antibiotics within 1 week of the procedure, please call the office. You may need to reschedule your appointment.
- If you have a pacemaker or defibrillator, please notify our staff before the day of your procedure.
- You may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking after midnight on the day of your procedure. This will be dependent on whether anesthesia will be used for your injection procedure.
- No alcohol for at least 12 hours prior to your procedure.
- Discuss with your physician or nurse about which medications to take and which medications may need to be held in preparation for your injection procedure. As a general guideline:
- Take only blood pressure and heart medications with a sip of water the morning of the procedure. These may be taken up to 2 hours before your appointment.
- You may be requested to hold medications that increase you risk of bleeding (“blood thinners”). Get approval and instructions from your treating physician.
What Can I Expect on my Procedure Day?
- Prepare by showering/bathing the morning of your procedure. This will help our efforts to keep you safe and minimize your risk of infection.
- Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing. Do not wear jewelry. In some situations, you may be asked to change into a gown.
- Your blood pressure and blood glucose levels will be taken after you check-in. If either of these readings are significantly elevated, it may be unsafe to proceed with your injection procedure and it may need to be rescheduled.
- If you are in your reproductive years, you may be tested to ensure you are not pregnant. Notify your physician or nurse if there is a possibility you are pregnant.
What Can I Expect After my Injection Procedure?
- You will be taken to the recovery area where you will be monitored prior to being discharged.
- It is not uncommon to feel some discomfort around the procedure site for a few days. If you received anesthesia, you may feel drowsiness or dizziness until the next day.
- Before you are cleared for discharge, you will receive post-procedure instructions.
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