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Interventional Procedures & Pain Management

Interventional Procedures and Pain Management

Euflexxa Injections

Interventional Pain Management with Euflexxa ®

 

Hyaluronic acid (HA), is a substance found in normal synovial joint fluid. It helps lubricate the joint. When you have osteoarthritis, the HA in your joints becomes lower in weight and therefore less effective.

 

Euflexxa is a Hyaluronic acid that is injected directly into your joints. Euflexxa can be used in the knee, hip, ankle and foot, as well as the shoulder, elbow and wrist. It replenishes HA helping with the lubrication and shock absorption you need within joints.

The treatment process:

  • A series of three injections administered 1-2 weeks apart.

  • Conducted under sterile CT guidance by our experienced doctors.

  • The procedure typically takes 10-15 minutes

        (Patients can drive afterward).

  • The maximum effect is observed 8 weeks after the initial injection.

  • In general, one course of 3 injections has been shown to provide up to 6 months of pain relief. Treatment can be performed twice a year.

Contact Us:

Euflexxa treatment is available at both Heidelberg and Frankston clinics.

Muscuskeletal Injections

Interventional procedures are a remarkable fusion of cutting-edge technology and medical expertise. These procedures are performed under precise imaging guidance, often utilising ultrasound or CT scans, ensuring pinpoint accuracy and minimising risks.

Unlike oral medications, musculoskeletal injections deliver potent medications directly to the source of your pain. This targeted approach often provides quicker and more effective relief.

 

Interconnect Imaging offers a range of interventional procedures across our clinics, each tailored to address specific needs, including;

  • Musculoskeletal Injections

  • Muscle Spasticity Injections

  • Frozen Shoulder Procedures

  • Core Biopsies

  • Fine Needle Aspirations

  • Epidurals

  • Facet Joint Injections

  • Nerve Blocks

  • Spine and Back Pain Injections

Euflexxa injections & joint pain
  • What do I need to bring to my my appointment?
    Your referral form. Medicare card. Pension or concession card. Any prior imaging.
  • How do I prepare for my ultrasound?
    Depending on the ultrasound examination your doctor has requested, you may need to fast from food and fluids. Some examinations require you to drink a significant amount of water prior to arriving so that your bladder is full. You will be advised of any necessary preparation when you make a booking.
  • What can I expect from my ultrasound?
    You will be asked to sit or lie on the examination bed with the area to be examined exposed. A gel will be applied to the skin, which can be easily wiped off after the examination. The sonographer will then place the transducer onto the area using gentle pressure. The transducer is moved across the area with a sliding and rotating action to allow the image to project onto the screen. The sonographer takes still photographs from the moving images on the screen. Ultrasound appointment times vary depending on the area being examined. Our reception staff will be able to give you an approximate time when you are booking your appointment.
  • When will I receive my results?
    Our radiologist will interpret your examination and send the results directly to your doctor as soon as they are available. Your doctor will review your results and explain these results to you.
  • What do I need to bring to my appointment?
    Your referral form - This can be on Interconnect Imaging letterhead, or from another provider. We accept all referral forms. Your Medicare card, and your private health insurance card if applicable. Your Pension or concession card. Any prior imaging you have undertaken.
  • When will be results be available?
    Our radiologist will interpret your examination and send the results directly to your doctor as soon as they are available. Your doctor will review your results and explain these results to you.
  • How to prepare for your X-Ray
    Most X-rays require no special preparation. Our staff will advise you at the time of booking if any preparation is needed for your X-ray. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and note that you may be asked to change into a gown and remove metal objects including glasses, jewellery, and dentures as they can affect the scan quality.
  • What can I expect from a CT Scan?
    When you arrive for your CT scan, you’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown. The radiologist will review why you’re having the scan, any allergies you may have, and other special instructions. When it’s time to begin the scan, you’ll be positioned on a long narrow table. The table will slide in and out of the circular scanner depending on which parts of your body need to be visualized. The technician will leave the room before operating the scanner and may give you instructions over an intercom. As the table moves in and out of the scanner, the machine will rotate around you making a loud noise. You may be asked to hold your breath or maintain certain positions to prevent the scanner from capturing blurry images. The entire process is painless and should only take between 15- 20 minutes.
  • How do I prepare for my appointment?
    Most CT scans require minimal preparation. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing. You may be asked to change into a gown and remove metal objects including glasses, jewellery, and dentures as they can affect the scan quality. It is very important to tell the receptionist if you are pregnant, have diabetes or any allergies.
  • What do I need to bring to my appointment?
    Bring your referral form. Your Medicare card. Your pension or concession card. Any prior imaging. Work cover or motor vehicle accident claim details.
  • When will my results be available?
    Our radiologist will interpret your examination and send the results directly to your doctor as soon as they are available. Your doctor will review your results and explain these results to you.
  • Do I Need a New Referral?
    A new referral from your GP or specialist is necessary prior to making an appointment. Referrals are typically valid for a single procedure unless stated otherwise for a course of treatment. Our team is here to assist you in obtaining the necessary referral, and guiding you through the process.
  • What to Bring to Your Appointment
    To streamline your experience, we recommend bringing any relevant medical documents, such as referrals, previous test results, and your identification.
  • What is the risk of infection?
    If you have any skin or systemic infections, a musculoskeletal injection may increase the risk of spreading the infection. Inform your doctor if you have any infections on your body.
  • What are the side effects of musculoskeletal injections?
    Side effects are typically minimal, with mild tenderness in the injection area lasting 1-2 days. Serious complications are rare.
  • Can I have a musculoskeletal injection with other medical conditions?
    We suggest you discuss the risks with your physician, especially if you have conditions like diabetes, congestive heart failure, renal failure, hypertension, or significant cardiac diseases.
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