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Chronic Pain Management Service FAQs

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Some frequently asked questions about procedures

Will I receive general anaesthesia for the procedure?

No, as this is not needed. However you may receive some sedation.


Is the procedure painful?

You may well feel some short-term pain whilst the cannula is inserted, although we take steps to minimise this. This can feel like a sharp scratch, or a bee sting.

You may also feel some pain and stinging at the time of the local anaesthetic (which is used to numb the skin) is administered.

Because of the nature of some procedures, you may well feel some slight discomfort during the procedure itself, but this is usually bearable. All attempts are made to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.


Do I continue taking all my medication following the procedure?

The answer is usually yes, do continue taking any medication you are on. If you should make any changes, your consultant will let you know before you are discharged.


When will I see my consultant again after the procedure?

This can vary, however usually within eight weeks. In some cases, you may not need to be seen for a follow-up appointment.


If the procedure does not work, then what next?

At your follow-up appointment, you and your consultant will discuss the options, and make a management plan.


Will I have to stay in hospital after my procedure?

No, not usually. You would only have to stay if there were complications with the procedure, which is rare. If you live alone it is best for you to arrange for family or a friend to stay overnight. If this is not possible, contact the Chronic Pain Management Service main office on 01473 703435 at least two weeks before your procedure.


Can I get back to my usual activities straight after a procedure?

It is wise to take it easy the day after a procedure, but there is no need for bed-rest. If you feel OK, then it is fine to do the kind of things you normally do, as long as you do not do too much, and make sure to pace yourself. You may need to take things easy for longer if you have a major procedure – your consultant will be able to advise you about this.