How do I make an appointment?
New patients must be referred by a physician (Primary Care Physician or Specialist). Your doctor should fax a request for an evaluation along with the pertinent medical history, including X-ray, CT Scan and MRI reports, surgical reports, prior consultations, etc. to 508-830-2587.
Do I need a referral or pre-certification for my insurance company?
Most insurance companies require a referral from you Primary Care Physician (PCP). Always contact your insurance company and PCP prior to your appointment to make sure the proper referral or pre-certification have been obtained. Referrals should be made out to Guardian Anesthesia Inc., with the name of the doctor you have the appointment with in addition to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth.
What if the proper referrals are not in place?
The patient will be responsible for payment should the proper referrals not be in place. Please contact your insurance company prior to any appointment.
What if I have to cancel my appointment?
Please contact the Pain Management Center at 508-830-2875, 48 hours in advance. If there is no answer, please leave a message as this will enable us to book a waiting patient.
What happens at the first appointment?
You will meet with the pain management nurse who will review your pain problem and medical history. A pain management physician will then perform a history and physical examination and then review any test or X-ray results. The doctor will then offer a treatment plan based on his assessment. A procedure may or may not be offered on the same day based on the exam and your insurance company’s requirements.
Do I need a ride home?
Yes, many procedures can cause associated numbness and weakness which can make the ability to operate an automobile difficult. For your safety we require you to have a responsible adult drive you home.
Do you prescribe chronic pain medications?
After evaluation by the pain management physician, a medication regimen may be established for patients with chronic pain. Prescription writing may be turned over to the referring or primary care physician.
If I have a procedure will I feel better right away?
Every patient is different. There are some patients who feel better the very next day but it usually takes some time before you feel any pain relief after having a procedure. Depending on the type of pain you have, and the location of the pain, you may need more than one procedure before you start to feel relief. The pain management physician will go over the plan with you based on his/her assessment.
If after a pain procedure you experience persistent, new, or worsening numbness, tingling, weakness, loss of bowel or bladder functions or inability to walk, please call the Pain Management Center immediately and ask to speak to the nurse or doctor. If the Pain Management Center is closed, you should go to the emergency room.