Procedures

The Padda Institute, Center for Interventional Pain Management, staff is specially trained and certified in pain medicine. We utilize precise diagnostic techniques to determine the cause of pain, and then select the appropriate plan to treat the pain.

Frequently we will do a series of diagnostic blocks to rule out or verify a particular cause of pain prior to doing an interventional technique to relieve the pain long-term. Many times patient’s come to us after suffering for months or years, often having more than a single cause for their pain. Because each type of procedure is highly specific, we may have to do several different techniques to relieve all of the causes of the patient’s pain.

[box type=”warning”] If there is any possibility that you may be pregnant, please notify us immediately, because many of our procedures are done with fluoroscopic image guidance, a special type of live x-ray.

General Considerations

Notify us immediately if you/ your:

  • diabetes is in poor control
  • have had high blood pressure or chest pain or discomfort
  • have shortness of breath
  • have a history of stroke
  • have been on blood thinners
  • have had NSAID’s (aspirin, Celebrex, toradol)
  • have had a change in your blood pressure
  • might be pregnant
  • have had any type of steroid injection within the last 6 weeks
  • have ever had an complication to any other surgical procedure

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All procedures carry specific risks, which we will try to minimize; however, there are significant risks with all procedures which include bleeding, organ injury, nerve damage, infection, heart or lung damage, stroke, death, and failure to improve symptoms.

Many pain procedures can now be performed to help diagnose and treat pain in the spine, adjacent muscles, or joints. These procedures typically involve injection of local anesthetic along with a steroid medication. Image guidance is generally extremely helpful and often critical in performing these procedures.

In order to improve patient care and enhance compliance, all areas of the Pain Management Center are continuously monitored by audio and video surveillance.  This includes all common areas, all procedure rooms, and all telephone conversations.