Patient Preparation

What to cease:

  • For 5-7 days prior to having your blood taken you will be asked to cease any anti-inflammatory medications you may regularly take. If you take anticoagulant or cardiovascular medications please inform the nurse as you may also have to stop taking these.
  • You will also be asked to stop tea, coffee, cola drinks or any drinks that contain caffeine. These include drinks that are 'caffeine free'. Please be advised that chocolate also contains caffeine.
  • If you regularly take supplements such as fish oil, garlic tablets, glucosamine, multivitamins etc, please cease these also.

Bloods:

  • You should not donate blood for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment.
  • On the day before your appointment, you should make sure you have plenty of fluids, drinking at least 2.5-3 litres of water in addition to your daily intake, spread throughout the day.
  • We require you to  have a blood test to evaluate your baseline platelet function and count. You will be given a referral to have this done at your local Douglass Hanley Moir pathology clinic. This allows us to more accurately plan your treatment.
  • We do this blood test on the day of each treatment to ensure your levels are within normal limits.
  • We also check the concentration of the platelets that will be injected.

On the day of your injection:

  • Please allocate the whole day for this procedure if possible.
  • Make sure you have pre-hydrated with extra water the day before.
  • If you need a medical certificate please let the nurse know.
  • When you have registered at reception you will be taken to the nurse‚Äôs room to have your blood taken.  You will be asked to complete a questionnaire and consent for treatment. Following this you will be given a time to return to the clinic to have your injection.  It could be late morning or afternoon depending on the radiologist list for that day.
  • If you have a scheduled visit with the physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist as part of your exercise plan, you should attend this between the time of blood collection and the intended procedure.
  • When you return to the clinic please advise our reception staff that you are back.
  • You will then be taken into the CT or Ultrasound procedure room where the nurse or radiographer will assist the radiologist during the treatment which will be done under image guidance. The procedure takes between 10-20 minutes.
  • Following the injection there will be a consultation with the radiologist.
  • You will be given prescriptions for Panadeine Forte and Mobic and instructions on when to take these. You will also be advised on your activity level following the injection.  This will all be written on a sheet for you.
  • When you get home from the clinic it is strongly advised that you use ice packs on the area for the rest of the day.  You may feel some pain around the area of injection but this usually subsides by the next day.
  • The radiologist will send a report to your referring doctor.