Interventional Pain Center
According to the National Institute of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health, more than 50 million Americans experience chronic pain and 45% of the population will seek medical help for pain at some point in their lives. Mercy's Interventional Pain Center can help.
The Center is designed around an interdisciplinary approach to pain that allows patients to have their care coordinated, and medical needs addressed.
Mercy's Interventional Pain Center provides procedures for patients dealing with back, neck and spine pain, in addition to pain caused by cancer and other chronic conditions. It features 15 exams rooms and two procedure rooms with state-of-the-art imaging equipment.
Pain management may include an interventional pain procedure, a referral to a surgeon or a behavioral counselor.
Pain Assessment Form
Eating and Drinking Instructions (if a procedure may be performed)
- NO solid foods 6 hours before appointment
- Clear liquids up to 3 hours before appointment
(This means nothing by mouth 2 hours before your appointment.)
Home Medication Instructions
- If you are taking any blood thinners, such as Coumadin, Plavix, Aggrenox, Pradaxa, Effient, Xarelto, Brilinta (Ticagrelor), or any other blood thinner, please call the Pain Clinic at (319) 398-6636.
- Aspirin: Do not take any aspirin or aspirin-containing products during the 72 hours prior to your appointment. Other pain medicines (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen, etc.) may be taken through your appointment time.
- If you have an infection, are running a temperature, or are taking an antibiotic, please call the Pain Clinic at (319) 398-6636.
- Diabetics: Contact the Pain Clinic for instructions at (319) 398-6636 at least two days prior to your appointment.
- Insulin-dependent diabetics: Check your blood sugar at home the day of your appointment. Call the Pain Clinic at (319) 398-6636 if your blood sugar is greater than 250 mg/dl.
- Please take all other morning medications with water (small amount).