Frequently Asked Questions

What is Interventional Pain Medicine?

INTERVENTIONAL MEDICINE FOR PAIN OFFERS MILIMETRICALLY PRECISE ALTERNATIVES OF TREATMENTS PERFORMED UNDER DIRECT VISUALIZATION (FLUOROSCOPY, CT OR ULTRASOUND) THAT CAN BE DONE WHILE THE PATIENT IS TWIGHLIGHT SEDATED (PATIENT DOES NOT FEEL THE PROCEDURE), ORAL SEDATION (PATIENT FEELS BUT IS LESS ANXIOUS) OR LOCAL ANESTHESIA). THESE TREATMENTS ARE VERY POWERFUL DUE ITS PRECISION AND HAVE MINIMAL TO NO IMPACT IN THE REST OF YOUR BODY.

What are the most common conditions treated by Interventional Pain Medicine physicians?

LOW BACK PAIN, NECK PAIN, SCIATICA OR SCIATIC LEG PAIN, ARTHRITIS OF THE SPINE (NECK, LOW BACK), DISC DISEASE (HERNIATION, DEGENERATION), SPINAL STENOSIS (NARROWING OF THE MAIN SPINAL CANAL), PINCHED NERVES, PERSISTENT PAIN AFTER SHINGLES, VERTEBRAL FRACTURES, ETC.

What is the goal of Interventional Pain Medicine?

THE GOAL OF OUR SPECIALTY IS TO CURE OR AT LEAST DIMINISH THE PAIN, IMPROVE FUNCTION, IMPROVE ABILITY TO PERFORM DAILY ACTIVITIES, REDUCE THE NEED OF PAIN MEDICATIONS AND TO DIAGNOSE/FIND THE SOURCE OF PAIN.

How long will Interventional Pain Medicine last?

IT VARIES DEPENDING ON THE DIAGNOSIS AND PATIENT. MOST PATIENTS HAVE PERMANENT DEGENERATION OR AGING OF THE SPINE AND OTHER STRUCTURES. IN THIS SITUATION, WE HELP REDUCING THE IMPACT OF THE CHRONIC PAIN IN PATIENT’S LIFE.

If I am a new patient, what forms do I need to bring?

DEPENDING ON THE RAMOS CENTER LOCATION YOU ARE VISITING, WHETHER IT IS SARATOSA OR BRADENTON, CLICK ON THE LOCATION TO DOWNLOAD THE APPROPRIATE FORM THAT MUST BE FILLED OUT PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT OR APPOINTMENT.

What is the quickest way to schedule an appointment?

THE BEST WAY TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT IS TO CALL. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A REQUEST AND YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY A STAFF MEMBER FOR AN ACTUAL TIME AND DATE OF APPOINTMENT. IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD BACK FROM OUR OFFICE OR NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE PLEASE PLEASE CONTACT OUR SCHEDULING COORDINATORS.

FOR NEW PATIENTS:

NORAELISA Q.

PHONE: (941) 708-9555

EMAIL: NORAELISQ@RAMOSCENTER.COM

FOR ESTABLISHED PATIENTS:

SUZI M.

PHONE: (941) 708-9555

EMAIL: SUSANM@RAMOSCENTER.COM

How do I cancel my appointment?

TO CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT, YOU MUST FILL OUT A FORM. CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST ALLOW 24 HOURS FOR PRESCRIPTION REFILLS. IT MAY TAKE THREE TO FIVE DAYS TO OBTAIN APPROVAL FOR PRESCRIPTIONS THAT REQUIRE PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FROM YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY. PLEASE PAN YOYR REFILLS ACCORDINGLY. PRESCRIPTION REFILLS FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES SUCH AS PAIN MEDICATIONS THAT REQUIRE A WRITTEN PRESCRIPTION ARE REFILLED MONDAY – FRIDAY ONLY. WE ARE IN OUR SARASOTA OFFICE TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS.

What instructions should I follow BEFORE an operation?

HERE ARE THE PRE-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAC ANESTHESIA.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

What instructions should I follow AFTER an operation?

HERE ARE THE POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAC ANESTHESIA.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

Which medical insurance companies does Ramos Center accept?

THE RAMOS CENTER ACCEPTS ALL MAJOR MEDICAL INSURANCE. A LIST OF THOSE COMPANIES IS AVAILABLE HERE.

YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY ALSO HAS A LIST OF PROVIDERS (PHYSICIANS OR GROUPS) WHO PRACTICE INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT, LISTED AMONG THE INFORMATION GIVEN TO YOU OR ON THEIR WEBSITE.

How do I authorize the release of my personal medical records?

TO GRANT RAMOS CENTER PHYSICIANS ACCESS TO YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS, PLEASE FILL OUT OUR RELEASE FORM.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE RELEASE FORM.

Does a physical therapy appointment require any forms to be filled out?

PRIOR TO ANY PHYSICAL THERAPY APPOINTMENT, OUR PHYSICIANS REQUEST THAT YOU FILL OUT A FALLS EFFICACY SCALE FORM, DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION OF THE INJURY.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD BALANCE

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD LOWER BACK

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SHOULDER

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD NECK

How can I learn more about my specific procedure or diagnosis?

WE HAVE AN ENTIRE PAGE DEDICATED TO EACH PROCEDURE WE PERFORM TO ENSURE OUR PATIENTS CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS AND THE POTENTIAL OUTCOMES OF A DIAGNOSIS.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PATIENT EDUCATION.

How can I be part of the Ramos Center Research Program?

THE RAMOS CENTER IS COMMITTED TO CONTRIBUTING TO THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE. PARTICIPANTS UNDERGO CAREFUL EVALUATION BY STUDY PHYSICIANS AND ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY THE MEDICAL STAFF. NO MEDICAL INSURANCE IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE. THERE IS NEVER A CHARGE TO THE PARTICIPANT AS THE COST OF MEDICAL RESEARCH IS PAID FOR BY THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY THAT SPONSORS THE RESEARCH PROGRAM.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.