What Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
Ketamine is a common anesthetic (pain blocking) medicine. An intravenous (IV) infusion of this medicine can block pain receptors in the brain and spinal cord. It may be suggested to treat chronic pain when other conventional forms of treatment have proven unsuccessful.
What To Expect During A Ketamine Infusion?
Once Ketamine infusion is recommended as part of your treatment plan, Doctor Poto will explain the procedure in detail. The doctor will review possible complications, side effects, and answer any other questions you may have.
To begin the procedure an intravenous (IV) line is placed in a vein to release the Ketamine into your bloodstream. This infusion will last for several hours. The dose and time frame will be outlined as part of your treatment plan. You will be allowed to relax in a quiet comfortable observation suite. You may choose to sleep. If you remain awake you will most likely be in a state of total relaxation. The infusion is not painful. Some patients listen to soft music.
Your vital signs including blood pressure and oxygen level are monitored by a nurse or doctor. Eating and drinking is restricted to ice chips during the infusion.
What To Expect After The Infusion?
While resting in the observation suite we will continue to monitor your blood pressure and oxygen levels. We will discuss your pain levels. You will feel sleepy, fatigued and/or slightly disoriented. This will subside within a few hours.
Patients may not drive or return to work on the day of the infusion. Unless otherwise discussed you may return to your normal diet and activity level. Discuss exercise on a specific case with the doctor prior to your procedure. Our staff will thoroughly review post procedure instructions, answer questions and be sure you are comfortable to go home.
As with any medical procedure follow your discharge instructions and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. Click here for more info …