Interventional Pain Management FAQS

What conditions are treated at Straith Hospital's Interventional Pain Center?

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN)
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Low back Pain
  • Mid-back pain
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
  • Radiculopathy
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Degenerative Disc disease
  • Spinal Disc Herniation
  • Spinal Stenosis

Are the procedures painful?

The level of pain experienced by individuals varies according to the injection being given and the patient’s tolerance to pain. Many situations require nothing more than local anesthesia, while others may require some “twilight” sedation. To ensure patient comfort, we offer the option of “twilight” sedation for all procedures. All sedation cases are managed by a board certified anesthesiologist.

What are the visiting hours?

Our visiting hours for overnight hospital stays are every day from 8 AM – 8 PM. However, if you are a guest or family member of a patient and would like to make a visit outside of these hours, alternate arrangements can be scheduled.

Am I a candidate for this program?

Just about any individual who experiences chronic pain can likely benefit from some form of treatment. Please set up a consultation to see what options would be available.

How long do the procedures last?

Most procedure take between 5-30 minutes to complete once pre-operative preparation is complete. Certain procedures, however, are more complicated and require more time to be done in a safe manner.

How soon can I go home after the treatment?

All injections are outpatient treatments. Most patients having injections completed under local anesthesia are discharged within 10-15 minutes of completion of the injection. Patients electing to have “twilight” sedation are typically discharged 30-40 minutes after completing the injection.

When can I return to my normal activities?

Typically, within 24 hours patients are back to normal activities. This varies significantly according to the type treatment performed and patient.

When will I begin to feel pain relief?

This varies significantly according to each individual and treatment performed. Dr. Drelles will create an individualized treatment plan based on your needs and will communicate expected recovery time.

What primary insurance carriers are accepted at Straith Hospital's Interventional Pain Center?

Almost all insurances cover the majority of interventional pain consultations and injections. Some insurances may require prior authorization in order to have an injection. Straith Hospital will obtain all authorizations required prior to scheduling any injection or consultation.

Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?

Yes, all potential patients must get a referral from their medical provider in order to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Drelles at the Straith Pain Center. For more information on how your provider can refer you, click here.

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