Nervous about pain treatment? Here’s what to expect before, during and after a Desert Pain Specialists procedure

A treatment room with a view at Desert Pain Specialists, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo by Jeff Hauck courtesy of Desert Pain Specialists, St. George News

CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — When it comes to having a procedure done, even if it’s a minor procedure, there are a lot of emotions involved. Many of those feelings stem from not knowing exactly what is going to happen before, during and after the treatment.

At Desert Pain Specialists, doctors, nurses and staff work diligently to put their patients at ease by helping them navigate the pre- and post-procedure process with clarity, dignity and the utmost care.

Charo Shamo, a registered nurse at Desert Pain, said it is important to her to make sure each patient that comes in for a procedure is treated as if they were family.

“We don’t just pre-op them and send them on their way,” Shamo said. “We get to know them. We ask them, ‘How’s your day?’ ‘How’s your life?’ ‘How’s your family?'”

It is that personal touch that operations manager Chase Morrison said makes Desert Pain so unique and builds a relationship of trust that can dispel fear and nervousness surrounding a patient’s treatment.

“Our patients love our nurses,” Morrison said. “Our patients come here knowing that there’s trust.”

He said that patients know that the nurses will watch over them “as if they were their own mom or dad or grandparents.”

Desert Pain Specialists’ new lobby designed with patient comfort in mind, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Desert Pain Specialists, St. George News

This experience begins before the patient ever goes back to a procedure room. To start, Shamo said, they are brought to a pre-op area where they will be able to relax in a reclining chair in a space that feels less clinical and more comfortable.

The nurse will go over the procedure, take the patient’s vitals, talk over any concerns and prepare them for the operation. If the patient has not been able to meet the doctor yet, the physician will come to the pre-op area and talk with the patient, as well as double check the procedure order to make sure everything is correct.

Morrison stressed that the doctor is always involved in the patient care before, during and after the procedure.

When everyone feels ready to begin, the patient is taken to one of two suites equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and imaging for procedures such as spinal and joint injections, radio frequency ablation, lumbar sympathetic block and spinal cord stimulator placement.

In these suites, the patient’s vitals and imaging are continuously monitored. Sedation, pain medication and numbing anesthesia are often used to help with pain, as well as relaxing the patient, Shamo said.

“The doctor does not start the procedure until you are relaxed,” she said, adding that doctors and nurses will talk with the patient throughout the procedure so they always know what is going on.

The facade of the new Riverfront Medical Center where Desert Pain Specialists is located in St. George. St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo by Jeff Hauck courtesy of Desert Pain Specialists, St. George News

Following the procedure, the patient will be transported from the procedure suite via a wheelchair for safety, and they will go over and be given discharge instructions and released into the care of their caregiver or the person driving them home.

For patients who desire to drive themselves home, Shamo said they will stand with the patients to make sure they are strong enough before they leave.

“Then, just take it easy,” Shamo said. “After a day or two, ease into your activity as tolerated.”

After a week or two, patients will usually be seen for a followup appointment to be sure the procedure worked well and how they are feeling.

A list of pre- and post-procedural care can be found online; however, perhaps the most important aspect to any part of the pre- or post-procedural care is that patients know they can call Desert Pain Specialists with any concerns or issues. Shamo said they are always willing to answer questions and make the patient feel more comfortable.

“Always,” she said. “Call us. We’re happy and willing to talk to anybody.”

About Desert Pain Specialists

Desert Pain Specialists is Southern Utah’s premier interventional pain management team. The doctors and the entire staff are dedicated to helping patients find relief from their pain. Their state-of-the-art facility in St. George, Utah, allows them to offer unmatched quality of care for their patients.

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  • Desert Pain Specialists | Telephone: 435-216-7000 | Email: [email protected] | Website.
  • Locations:
    • St. George: 617 E. Riverside Drive, Suite 301.
    • Cedar City: 1760 N. Main St.
    • Mesquite, Nevada: 340 Falcon Ridge Parkway, Suite 600.

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