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In general, it is best to anticipate some pain or discomfort and to stay ahead by taking medication at regular intervals. For some procedures, our clinical team will fax in a prescription for pain medicine and those patients will need to take 1 tablet every 4-6 hours for the first 24 hours. If they seem too strong, you may take ½ tablet instead. Many patients find the discomfort to be easily manageable with just Tylenol.
After the procedure
After the procedure, you may find it soothing to apply a warm compress on the area where the regenerative treatment was injected. We favor this since it increases blood flow to the area, and it is blood flow that brings in healing cells such as activated stem cells from the area surrounding the injection site. Do NOT apply ice or cold compresses as cold reduces blood flow.
Email us immediately if you have excessive swelling, hardness, redness, or drainage at the treatment site. Also email immediately if you have fever, chills, or sweats. If you are worried about either your blood draw site or your injection treatment site, we encourage you to take several pictures and email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . This can be tremendously helpful in rapidly deciding whether we think you should go to emergency or whether it is safe for our team to manage this for you.
You may resume eating and drinking immediately after your procedure is completed. If you are having a moderate amount of pain once you are home, and you are requiring some narcotic pain pills, it is probably a good idea to stick to a bland diet for 24-48 hours.
This would include such things as bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Later, once the pain is mild and you are taking only Tylenol, you can switch back to your normal diet.
Immediately post procedure – We will have you rest for 10-20 minutes in order to make sure that you feel up to going home. Patients are typically ready to go home rapidly after regenerative treatments. This is because the freezing Our clinical team uses for the procedure will prevent any pain from developing and because you did not receive any kind of drug that might make you sick to your stomach. Recovery is typically fast.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Make sure you continue to avoid any medications that interfere with your healing response for 6 weeks. The most important drugs to avoid are the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs as doctors call them. These include ALL over the counter pain medicines EXCEPT acetaminophen (Tylenol). Also, do not take prescription anti-inflammatory drugs such as Celebrex, Arthrotec, Meloxicam or Naproxen.
The second group of medicines that can be problematic are corticosteroid anti-inflammatory drugs such as the prednisone group of drugs. Corticosteroids greatly inhibit the function of platelets and stem cells, which are both crucial to the success of your treatment. Stopping these drugs almost certainly has already been discussed with you, but if you have any questions, please speak to a member of the clinic team. If you are not sure if one of your drugs is OK to take, please ask a member of the treatment team.
A Quick Reference Guide
For The First 48 Hours
- Procedure time will be roughly 3 hours from door to door. Payment will be your arrival for the procedure and we accept major credit cards.
- Recovery is typically fast. You will usually be on your way home within 30 minutes after the procedure has been done.
- Skip your usual bath or shower the first evening after your procedure.
- Take the bandages off the next morning.
- Begin taking 2 Tylenol every 6 hours when you get home.
- Do NOT apply ice to your treatment site.
- If you have any questions or problems, email us at email@example.com.
- If you are having an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.