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Pain Clinic

The Anesthesia Interventional Pain Clinic served over 5500 patients in 2013. The majority of these were treated with interventional methods involving injection of local anesthetics and steroids. Ours is not a narcotic-prescribing clinic. The clinic is staffed by four board-certified pain physicians, Mark B. Murray, M.D.,  Joseph E. Simpson, M.D., Jeffrey B. Staack, M.D., and Matthew B. Vance, M.D..

To be established as a patient requires a referral usually from a neurosurgeon, neurologist, general surgeon, or in some cases a primary care physician.  Your first visit will be an evaluation in our office which is located in Building D, Suite 285.  As you enter the hospital campus, the first building on your right is Building D. Stay in the right lane; turn right at the first intersection, and parking garage D will be immediately on your right. Take the elevator to the second floor and turn left. Our clinic staff will check you in. Please bring a photo ID and your insurance cards with you.  If you have not already filled out our new patient questionnaire, we will ask you to do so prior to your evaluation.

You will likely be seen by two physicians on the day of your visit. You will first be evaluated by an anesthesiology resident, and then by the attending pain physician in the clinic that day. Education is a key part of our mission. Your care will always involve an attending pain physician, but residents do take part in most evaluations and participate in most procedures.

Most of the procedures we do involve imaging with either fluoroscopy (x-rays) or ultrasound.  Most image-guided procedures are done in UT Day Surgery which is located immediately below our clinic in Building D, Suite 170.  If an image-guided procedure is thought to be the best course of action for your symptoms, it is unlikely that your first injection will occur on the day of the initial evaluation.  Rather, we will schedule you an appointment in Day Surgery at a later date. This will allow us to take care of the required insurance pre-certifications, etc.  Some procedures do not require image guidance.  Most of the procedures that do not require x-rays or ultrasound also do not require insurance pre-certification and may be offered to you on the day of your evaluation.

Procedures offered by our physicians include:

  • Epidural Steroid Injections--lumbar, cervical, caudal, and thoracic.
  • Sympathetic Blocks—stellate ganglion, lumbar sympathetic ganglion
  • Facet Intervention—facet injections, medial branch blocks, radiofrequency ablation
  • Occipital Nerve Blocks
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation trials and implants
  • Transversus Abdominis Plane Blocks