Procedure - What to Expect FAQs

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We believe it’s always a good plan to have a driver when you’re having a medical procedure. Most of our procedures involve some level of numbing, as outlined below.

  1. Epidurals and Spine Procedures: You may experience numbness in your arms and/or your legs for a number of hours after an injection in your thoracic or lumbar spine or your neck. As a result, your mobility will be challenged, making walking and driving dangerous.
  2. Extremity Procedures: To lessen any pain, we use numbing medications and/or local nerve blocks during procedures that involve injections on your arms or legs. The effect of these medications might last for hours, causing you to have weakness or numbness in the extremity that received the procedure. 
  3. Relaxing Pre-Medication: Patients who have are prone to anxiety may be given sedative medication before the procedure. The associated drowsiness and slowed response time could persist for many hours. In fact, driving a vehicle is not allowed for a minimum of eight hours. 

For the reasons listed above, we suggest arranging for a driver to escort you home from any in-office procedure. One is required for any spinal procedure or any procedure where sedation is administered, and we will not perform your procedure if you do not have a driver.

Should you elect to drive yourself after any other procedure, you assume the associated risks to yourself and other people. Regenexx at Gold Coast Orthopedics will not be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that result from your choice to drive.

Our clinic uses imaging technology that offers real-time views of your soft tissue. The two main sources are fluoroscopy and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Both assist the doctor in placing the injection in the exact location. Your MRI readings are also a guide.

On the day of your procedure, no matter which it is, you can expect to be back on your feet after your appointment. 

If you are having a bone marrow aspirate, you should plan on your procedure’s entire process to take place over the course of two to seven days, per the doctor’s assessment. Blood-derived procedures, specifically our Regenexx-Super Concentrated Platelet Rich Plasma (SCP) and Platelet Lysate (PL) Procedures can be done in just one day.

Our physicians do their best to make the procedure as painless as possible. We do this by using precise imaging guidance to inject the stem cells into the exact area to be treated. We also have other methods, including medication, to reduce any discomfort.

Your appointment will begin with a 20- to 40-minute process during which we numb the skin and tissues around the area where we will extract bone marrow blood. This blood contains the stem cells that will be processed and reinjected into your damaged tissue. We will take three to five samples from each bone marrow site. You will feel little to no pain due to the numbing medication.

With our own separation method, we isolate the stem cells in a lab. If you are having a same-day procedure, we process the stem cells and reinject them within a few hours. Read more about our stem cell procedure.

We withdraw blood from your arm. How much we extract depends on a number of factors, including what procedure you’re having and how much you weigh. Patients scheduled for a stem cell procedure protocol may have a blood draw in preparation for the post-treatment injection.