Before the procedure
- You will be contacted by Joondalup Health Campus staff with details of your admission.
- Before the procedure, we suggest you already make an appointment with your GP for about five days after the procedure, in case you need prescriptions or there are any problems.
- If you are unwell before the procedure and cannot proceed, please ring the pain clinic or day unit at Joondalup Health Campus URGENTLY during office hours.
Blood thinning medications
- DO NOT stop your blood thinners without checking with your doctor first.
- Blood thinners such as warfarin or clopidogrel (Plavix) should be ceased FIVE DAYS before the procedure.
- Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) should be ceased TWO DAYS before the procedure.
- Aspirin CAN be continued if needed.
- If you need to stay on blood thinners (e.g. heart valve or stents) we will arrange temporary injections.
- Please let your pain specialist know if you cannot come off your blood thinners.
On the day of your procedure
- Please bring your medications, x-rays or test results with you on the day.
- Your procedure will usually be performed as a day case.
- You will go home around 2 hours after the procedure.
- MORNING PROCEDURES: FAST from midnight (no food or milk products).
- AFTERNOON PROCEDURES: After a light breakfast (slice of toast, water, apple juice, tea, coffee) FAST from 7 am.
- You CAN drink small sips of water (only) until TWO hours before you arrive at hospital.
Your medications on the day of your procedure
- Take your normal morning medications with a small sip of water.
- If you are on diabetes medications, these may need to be reduced when you are fasting.
- Please discuss this with your pain specialist or GP if you are unsure.
- You may be given sedation (relaxing medication) by an anaesthetist during the procedure.
- You will not be totally asleep during the procedure-every attempt will be made to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable.
- Your anaesthetist will discuss these options with you on the day.