Preparing for your Procedure

  • Do not stop taking your blood pressure, insulin or cardiac medications.
  • You will need to sign a consent form at the procedure center for your injection.
  • If you must cancel your appointment please call 24 hours in advance.
  • Do Not eat or drink anything (including water/coffee) for 4 hours prior to your procedure or it will be cancelled. Exception- if diabetic, contact your nurse.
  • Stop taking anti-inflammatory medications such as; Daypro, Voltaren/Diclofenac, Ansaid, Motrin, Aleve, Relafen, Feldene, Lodine, Naprosyn, Cataflam, Mobic, aspirin and Advil 72 hours prior to a lumbar/joint injection and 5 days prior to a cervical injection or discogram. Resume any anti-inflammatory medications after your injection or as instructed.
  • Tylenol, Vicodin, Soma, Flexeril, Percocet, Neurontin, and Celebrex are okay to continue taking.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home, required only if having sedation during the procedure. Taxi and Public Transportation are unacceptable.
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home except for necessary co-payment obligations (i.e. credit card, check, etc).
  • Bring current photo identification (drivers license, ID card, passport, etc), list of medication, any required forms handed out by SOAR and insurance card.

Advise your doctor if:

  • You are taking “blood thinners” (i.e.,Coumadin, Persantine, Plavix, Fragmin, Lorenox, Normiflo, or Orgaran).
  • You are diabetic as cortisone injections may affect your blood sugar.
  • You are currently being treated for an infection.
  • Please advise the nurse at the procedure center if you have any allergies to any medications.
  • You have been evaluated in the past year for cardiac chest pain or an arrhythmia.

On Date of Service bring to Peninsula:

  • Picture ID
  • Insurance card
  • Payment (if applicable)
  • (signed) Advance Directive form