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Sunday, 22 October 2017
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Chronic Pain Management Service FAQs

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I have been referred for a procedure. What should I expect?

If you are referred for a procedure, your consultant will explain to you in more detail what to expect and what will happen on the day, as well as what you need to do afterwards. The following gives you a rough idea of what to expect.

About two weeks before your procedure you will receive a letter from the hospital telling you the date and time of your appointment. Surgical procedures are carried out at the Raedwald Day Surgery Unit on the main hospital site.

When you arrive, you will come to the third floor of the Garrett Anderson Centre, and the Day Surgery reception staff will admit you and give you a hospital gown to change into. When it is your turn, you will be taken to theatre on your hospital bed.

In the operating theatre you will be moved to the operating table by staff who will also confirm your identity, the procedure you are due to have, and the theatre team present (this a mandatory requirement).

The procedures that we do are not carried out under a general anaesthetic, as this is not necessary. Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area, and some sedation may be given to you too. 

All operating theatres look different, but generally you will see an anaesthetic machine, monitoring equipment to check vital signs (like your heart rate), X-ray equipment and some other equipment and trolleys.

Whether or not you receive sedation, and how you are positioned on the operating table, will depend on which procedure you are having. After positioning, your skin will be cleansed with a solution which will feel quite cold as it evaporates. This will be done twice.

Sterile drapes will be positioned around the area being prepared for injection. You will then receive local anaesthetic to numb the skin before the actual injection, which is usually done under X-ray or ultrasound control.

During the procedure, all steps are taken to ensure a sterile environment, and with your safety and wellbeing in mind.

Once the procedure is completed, you will be assisted back onto your hospital bed, and will be transferred either to the recovery area or to the ward.

When the time comes for you to be discharged, please make sure that you understand and follow the instructions for after-care given on the discharge letter, and that you know whom to contact in case of any complications.