Anesthesia/Pain Management Services

Pain is the most common symptom of disease and the most common complaint to health care providers. Controlling pain is one of the greatest challenges of the health care system. The Pain Management Program is operated by the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management at FMDH. The providers from the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) and have advanced education in pain management. CRNA’s are advance practice registered nurses with graduate level education in anesthesia. The staff of FMDH’s Department of Surgical services assists with the program and also has training in chronic pain management. The program is multi-disciplinary to address your pain on several levels.

What is multi-disciplinary pain management?

Pain affects many aspects of life including how we feel, think, work and play and it often limits social interaction. Pain can cause physical and emotional changes in our bodies. The multi- disciplinary approach attempts to address different aspects of life that pain has affected. This approach elicits the best advice and treatment from specialists in each area. The Nurse Anesthetist may provide specific interventions to break the pain cycle or control the pain. The Physical Therapist may assist in increasing muscle strength and flexibility. The Physician may prescribe treatments and medications to limit diseases that may be the origin of the pain. A psychologist or social worker may assist in dealing with the stress of chronic pain and its impact on life.

The Pain Management Program is an interventional pain program. We help treat your pain primarily with injections. The most common procedures we perform are epidural steroid injections. Other procedures that are performed here include, but not necessarily limited to, facet joint injections, select nerve root blocks, sacroiliac joint injections, and other various anesthesia nerve blocks. These spinal injections can be delivered at all levels of the spine from the neck to the tailbone.

How do I obtain services from the Pain Management Program?

Appointments with the Pain Program are made by referral from your primary physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. Referrals can also be made by a physician specialist such as your orthopedic surgeon or neurologist.

What should I expect with my pain consultation?

The most important part of the first visit is for us to get to know each other. We will want to hear about your pain and how it has impacted your life. We will also assess other areas like your medical history. We may perform a physical examination and review any diagnostic tests pertinent to your condition.

Depending on the cause and nature of your pain we may institute treatment on the first day or schedule you for a procedure at a later time. We also want to make sure we answer your questions about your pain. However, some types of pain may not be easily identified or explained. It is important to remember the treatment can be started at any time convenient for you.

Where do I go for my first visit?

Go to the Out Patient Surgery Department at FMDH. The Health Unit Coordinator at the nurses’ station will assist you if you are unfamiliar with the location of the department.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost will vary depending on the treatment and extent of the problem. At your request, we will provide you with an estimated cost of your planned treatment. Much of the cost may be covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. It is advisable that you check with your insurance company to find what is covered and if pre approval is necessary. You will be financially responsible for any uncovered services. Services from the Pain Management Program will be billed by both Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and Deaconess Radiology. Any referrals to other providers may generate a bill from that provider. Please ask if you have questions regarding the billing.

How do I contact my pain management provider if I have questions?

Call Outpatient Surgery

(406) 228-3652

You may leave a message if we are not in the office and we will return your call as soon as we can. For emergencies or in the off hours, you should seek medical care from your primary provider or the Emergency Department at a hospital nearest you.

The FMDH Pain Management Program is fully accredited by the American Academy of Pain Management