What are Space City Pain Specialists’ business hours?
Both of our offices are open Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
What is Space City Pain Specialists’ refill policy?
SCPS requires 3 days notice for refill of medications. Our patients are seen for follow up at regular intervals to determine if medications are refilled or changed.
What other methods are utilized to control pain besides pain medication?
Our physicians employ a wide range of interventional pain management techniques such as Spinal Cord Simulators, Intrathecal Pain Pumps, MILD procedure, Epidural Blocks, peripheral nerve injections and regenerative injections.
What happens at the first appointment?
The doctor and nurses will sit with you and review your physical history and pain history. The doctor will then perform a detailed medical exam designed to identify the specific cause of your pain. Then, our staff will discuss treatment options with you.
What kind of doctors work at Space City Pain Specialists?
Our doctors are board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialists in anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain medicine. Our practice has been in continuous operation for more than 15 years, and we have treated tens of thousands of new patients in that time.
I had a spine fusion surgery, and my back still hurts every bit as bad as before the surgery
A surgeon will perform surgery to correct an anatomical problem with your spine that was threatening to permanently damage the nerves that go to your arms or legs. The surgery is considered a success when your spinal nerves have been taken out of danger of being injured. However, there are times when your back still hurts, even though the surgery was a success. This is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, or Post Laminectomy Syndrome, and it occurs after a percentage of all spinal fusion surgeries. We can control this pain in a way that allows you to stay as active as possible.
I have chronic low back pain but I want to keep running to stay fit. Any Tips?
As surprising as it sounds, you can still enjoy running with low back pain.
I am on blood pressure medications. When you ask if I am taking blood thinners before a procedure, I wonder if the two meds are the same.
No, blood pressure medicine and blood thinning medicine are two different things. It is important that we know if you are taking blood thinners. You may be advised to stop your blood thinner meds for a couple of days before a procedure, but you will never be advised to stop your blood pressure meds.
At what surgery centers does Space City Pain Specialists do their procedures?
United Surgery Center 12700 N. Featherwood, Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77034 Ph. (281) 481-9303 (Dr. Jeffrey Cannella only)
What should I expect after I have scheduled my procedure with the surgery center?
The surgery center will contact you to confirm your procedure appointment and give you instructions for your procedure. The surgery center will ask several questions regarding your medical condition, allergies, and medications. You will be instructed of the time to stop eating and drinking prior to your procedure. If these instructions are not followed, your procedure may be cancelled..
What should I wear to the surgery center?
Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Do not wear valuables such as jewelry, watches or rings. Please bring a list of your medications to the surgery center/hospital as well.
Will I receive sedation during the procedure?
This will depend on the type of procedure that you are having performed.
Can I eat or drink anything the day of the procedure?
Generally it is recommended that you eat nothing after midnight before the day of your procedure. The morning of your surgery, you are allowed to take daily medication with a sip of water. You will receive specific instructions by the surgery center regarding this matter.
Can I take my regular medications on the day of the procedure?
If you take medication for any condition, even if you believe it is unrelated to your procedure, ask your physician or a surgery center nurse if the medication is safe to take the day of your procedure.
Will the discharge instructions limit my activity?
Your discharge instructions will vary depending upon the type of procedure you are having performed. You will receive discharge instructions at the time of your discharge from the facility.
Will a follow-up appointment be necessary?
Generally we will have you follow up in our office a week to two weeks after your procedure is performed. Your follow up appointment will usually be with the Physician’s Assistant.
What is a Physician’s Assistant (PA)?
Physician Assistants are highly trained healthcare professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. The relationship between our physicians and their PAs is one of mutual trust and respect. The physician Assistant is a representative of the physician, treating the patient in the style and manner developed by the supervising physician.
What insurance companies is Space City Pain Specialists contracted with?
Space City Pain Specialists is contracted with many insurance companies, including Medicare. Because this information changes from time to time it is best to call your insurance company to find out whether your physician is in network.
Why am I receiving a medical bill from a Surgery Center or Hospital?
The facility where your procedure is performed will bill you for the use of their facility and staff.
Why am I receiving a medical bill from an Anesthesiology service?
Whenever an anesthesiologist’s services are required during a procedure, they will bill the patient for their professional services.