Your procedure checklist

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.

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