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What To Expect After a Pain Procedure

As physicians who are experts in the fields of interventional pain medicine, interventional orthopedics, and regenerative medicine, we perform a wide variety of procedures. These procedures are designed to help patients return to what they love doing with less pain. Not only do we want patients to feel better, but we also want them to know what to expect after the procedure. Below, I have included a table and additional information that detail typical recovery times based on the type of procedure performed:

Procedure

How long will I feel pain from the procedure?

When can I start to feel better?

When will I feel the maximum benefit?

How long will this last?

Steroid Injections

1-2 days

3-5 days

2 weeks

2-3 months

Radiofrequency Ablation

7-10 days

4-6 weeks

8 weeks

1-3 years

Pulsed Radiofrequency Neuromodulation

7-10 days

2-4 weeks

6-8 weeks

6-12 months

Cryoablation

1-10 days

3-8 weeks

8 weeks

8-16 months

These numbers can vary depending on the procedure, the technique, and what we are treating.

Will I be in pain afterwards?

Yes, patients often report some discomfort after their procedure. It is typically mild to moderate in nature. Very rarely is it severe in intensity. We do our best to help control this with appropriate techniques such as with medications and nerve blocks.

When can I go back to work?

We perform minimally invasive procedures that often require very little down time. Most often, patients are able to go back to work the next day, but occasionally require more time, such as with jobs that are more physically demanding.

What if the procedure doesn’t work?

We do our best to recommend procedures that we feel will be most beneficial. However, there are no guarantees and some patients are not satisfied with their result. Please know that we will continue to work towards a solution, whether that’s through another injection or another treatment alternative all together.

About the Author

Cameron CartierDr. Cameron Cartier is an anesthesiologist, fellowship-trained in both Interventional Pain Medicine at the University of Vermont as well as Interventional Orthopedics with the founders of Regenexx at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic in Colorado. He is the only physician with such extensive qualifications in the state of Washington. If you are in pain, call Dr. Cartier's Seattle office (206-395-4422) or Bellevue, WA (425-247-3359) office.View all posts by Cameron Cartier »

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