Iowa City ASC offers a pain management program to patients suffering acute and chronic pain. The Pain Management program at Iowa City ASC is provided by Frederick Dery, M.D. and Anke Bellinger, M.D., both board-certified and specialty-trained to help patients manage their pain.
A referral from your physician is required and a patient consultation will be needed to determine the best course of treatment for your pain. A variety of pain management treatments are available including:
Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Epidural Injections
Epidural Steroid Injections are safe and effective procedures done under fluoroscopic/x-ray guidance to treat spinal and radiating pain coming from degenerated disks, herniated disks, and spinal stenosis. A potent steroid is injected into the spinal canal and should help to decrease inflammation and pain within two weeks.
Radiofrequency Ablations (RFA)
Radiofrequency Ablations (RFA) is a safe and effective procedure done under fluoroscopic/x-ray guidance to treat pain from inflamed/arthritic spinal facet joints. To ensure a high chance of pain relief from the RFA, we first perform two diagnostic medical branch blocks in an attempt to pinpoint the painful joints.
Insertion of Spinal Cord Stimulator, Trial
The Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System is an MRI compatible device used to treat low bank pain and arm/leg pain from a variety of painful conditions. The trial is done to determine if there’s enough pain relief to warrant permanent implant of the device. This is the same technology used in pacemakers, but is applied directly to the spinal cord to scramble the pain signals and replace them with a different, more pleasant sensation.