If you are seeking relief from chronic pain, visit the pain management specialists at MMethodist Hospital Ambulatory Surgery in San Antonio, Texas. With advanced technology, our board-certified physicians treat patients coping with chronic and recurrent pain due to issues like sciatica or arthritis.

For more information about pain management at Methodist Hospital Ambulatory Surgery, please call (210) 575-5000.

Patients experiencing pain could have a number of root causes, such as injury, surgery, congenital abnormalities or nerve damage. It's also possible for pain to occur without an obvious cause. We treat acute and chronic pain through minimally invasive and outpatient procedures so you can get back to your routine. Our pain management specialists work closely with your primary care physician to ensure seamless care and support.

Pain management procedures we provide

Our specialists are trained to provide a number of minimally invasive procedures to reduce inflammation or change how pain receptors recognize pain to alleviate symptoms associated with chronic conditions like back pain.

The pain management procedures we offer are:

  • Epidural steroid injection (ESI)—A minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure under local anesthesia that alleviates inflammation in the spine with a steroid injection
  • Transforaminal (TF) ESI—A procedure that uses a thin needle to inject a mixture of an anesthetic and steroid into the spine at a nerve root exit site to relieve pain associated with sciatica or other back conditions
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint injections—A corticosteroid injection into the sacroiliac joints, which connect the sacrum to the hips on both sides of the spine, to provide pain relief typically associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Facet joint injections—The injection of a steroid either directly into the nerve or the facet joint, which is located along the spine, that allows for twisting and bending movements
  • Radiofrequency (RF) ablation—Nerve tissues causing recurring pain are treated with a microelectrode injection to create electrical currents that heat the tissue and stop the production of pain signals

All of these procedures are typically done with local anesthetic and completed within 10 to 30 minutes. An intravenous sedative could be provided to patients experiencing anxiety before the procedure.

Pain management specialists guide the injection with the help of an X-ray while the patient lies on their stomach. Patients are monitored for a short period after the procedure, less than an hour, before being discharged.

Visiting our pain management doctors

Patients arriving for pain management care at Methodist Hospital Ambulatory Surgery can check-in at the admissions desk in suite 100, through the main entrance. Our building is within the Huebner Medical Center plaza, on the first floor. We have a parking lot where patients and visitors can park for free.

Participating providers affiliated with our hospital, like your primary care physician, will coordinate appointment scheduling with pain management specialists. Information to help you prepare for your visit and your doctor's orders will be provided to you by your referring physician.

Visitor information

Many pain management procedures are outpatient and usually completed in under an hour. However, patients may sometimes require assistance driving home, so visitors are welcome to stay in our waiting room. We offer open hours for visitation and visitors can enter through the main entrance or the ER entrance.

Pain management at Methodist Healthcare

Pain management tools are often utilized in treating chronic pain, acute pain and pain associated with long-term illness, like cancer. It may include interventional procedures, medications, therapies, injections and more in an effort to manage pain.

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