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In most cases you will meet Dr. Dickstein prior to a procedure for a thorough examination and consultation. Alternatively, your physician may refer you directly for a procedure at one of our treatment locations.
Please download our patient information packet or request that it be mailed or faxed to you. This will allow you to complete the required information at your convenience in advance of your visit. You may bring the completed paperwork to your first office visit, or you may provide it to us prior to you visit by fax (970-668-1140) or .
We work with most insurance companies.
What to expect for your procedure:
After checking in at the facility, you will be taken to the pre-operative area. If you are having sedation, an IV will be started. You will then go to the procedure room and be placed either on your stomach or your back as appropriate, and the nurse will apply a blood pressure cuff, an EKG, and an oxygen monitor.
We will then clean and numb the skin at the area to be injected. The procedure will be completed, and you will be taken to the recovery area.
How to Prepare:
- Eating and drinking: We request that you not eat for eight hours prior to your procedure and not drink for four hours prior.
- Medications: If you take blood thinners, we ask that you stop them before the procedure. Always check with the physician prescribing the blood thinner that it is safe for you to be off it for that length of time. Sometimes, the risk of being off the medicine is too great to warrant doing the procedure. In rare cases, we can start heparin to replace the other blood thinner. Coumadin and Plavix should be stopped for 7 days before the procedure. We may obtain a clotting study to ensure that your blood levels are low enough. Small doses of aspirin may be continued. You may take your other medications, including pain medicines, with a sip of water, according to your regular schedule.
- Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing. If you are having a low back procedure, an elastic waistband is often convenient.
- Getting to and from the procedure (Do you need a driver?) If you are receiving sedation, you must have someone drive for you. If you do not receive sedation, then it may be possible to drive yourself for certain procedures. Please ask in advance. We cannot send you home in a taxicab unless you are accompanied by a responsible adult.