Pain Management Center

at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital

Pre-Procedure Instructions for the Pain Management Center

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Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.

Blood Thinning Medications

If you are taking blood thinning medications, these will need to be held prior to your procedure. You MUST check with your prescribing physician prior to stopping them:

  • Ticlid must be held for 14 days.
  • Plavix, Persantine, Trental and Arixtra must be held for 7 days.
  • Coumadin and Xarelto must be held for 5 days. You will need an INR drawn the day of, or the day before your procedure and the results faxed to 617-983-7658.
  • Pradaxa must be held for 4 days.
  • Eliquis, Lovenox and Trental must be held for 48 hours.
  • Heparin must be held for 6 hours.
  • For all other blood thinners not listed, please contact the Pain Management Center to speak with a nurse.

Diabetic Patients

If you are diabetic, you may eat breakfast and take your diabetic medications the morning of the procedure. You must check your blood glucose level the morning of the appointment and report it to the nursing staff. Please bring your glucose meter with you to the appointment in case your blood sugar needs to be re-checked.

Patients on Antibiotics

If you have an infection and are taking antibiotics, your procedure will be cancelled. Please call to reschedule your appointment when you are infection-free.

Patients Who Are Sick

If you are sick and running a temperature, your procedure will be cancelled. Please call to reschedule your appointment.

On the morning of your appointment:

  • Please take all your medications unless listed above.
  • Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours before the procedure.
  • You are not allowed to drive yourself after the procedure; therefore you MUST have a responsible person to drive you home.
  • Please bring an updated medication list to each appointment.

Chemical Sensitivity

Scents may trigger responses in those with chemical sensitivities. Please avoid wearing scented personal products when visiting the Pain Management Center.

If you are running late, PLEASE call the Pain Management Center as your appointment may need to be rescheduled.

If you have any questions, please call 617-983-7080.


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