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What To Expect

Mid Ohio Detox offers the safest, most innovative, and effective process to detoxify an individual with opioid dependency.

After making the decision to have yourself or loved one treated at Mid Ohio Detox, the first step is to schedule your procedure and obtain all relevant forms. Fill out all forms completely and return via email, mail, or fax. It is extremely important to fill out the history forms completely to avoid any unexpected complications, delays, or cancelations. Once we receive completed forms, a board certified anesthesiologist will review the history to determine if the individual is a qualified candidate and if any additional tests will be needed prior to your arrival to our clinic.

Following the review, a representative from Mid Ohio Detox will contact the patient to discuss the forms and any pertinent information regarding the upcoming appointment.


Pre Procedure Exams and Instructions

Patients will discuss the treatment process and go over paperwork. Plans for follow up treatment will be discussed. A staff member will be available at all times during the stay to assist the patient and their guests.

Required lab work will be performed, including a urine tox screen, as well as urine pregnancy test for all female patients of childbearing years. Additional testing such as blood work or EKG will be performed on an as needed basis.

  • Patient will undergo a physical exam
  • Patient will be given instructions for the following day
  • Prescriptions for pre procedural medication will be given to the patient


Conditions for Cancellation or Delay

It is important to note that the procedure may be canceled or delayed for the following (but not limited to) conditions:

  1. Urine test positive for cocaine
  2. Patient did not have pre-procedure testing 
  3. Active pneumonias or severe infections
  4. Uncontrolled diabetes
  5. Arriving intoxicated alcohol or medications
  6. Continued opioid use expected
  7. Did not stop using methadone 72 hrs prior to procedure
  8. Signs and symptoms of acute heart conditions
  9. Pregnancy


Treatment Day

Patient will arrive at a scheduled time and be admitted to the pre-op area.

An IV will be placed, along with monitors, and the anesthesiologist will administer sedation medication to help the patient relax. The patient will then be transported to the treatment room where they will be placed under general anesthesia. Once completely asleep, a breathing tube will gently be placed to maximally protect the airway. The patient will not be aware of the placement of the breathing tube and will not remember this part of the detox procedure. Next, medication will be administered through the IV to clear the body's receptors of all active opiates. Any physiologic effects as a result of the detox will be medically controlled, and the patient will have no sensation or memory of the withdrawal.  From the point of the initial sedation until the completion of the detox procedure, the patient will have one to one care from both a board certified anesthesiologist and a registered nurse.

Once the effect of the detox medication is complete, the patient is gradually awakened. The detoxification process lasts approximately 2 hours.

Post OP Care Unit

The patient is then transported to the post anesthesia care unit (PACU). In the PACU the patient will receive one to one nursing care. Once the patient meets PACU (post anesthesia care unit) discharge criteria, they will be allowed to meet with their guests and be moved to the step down unit. The step down unit is where they will remain until the next day. Unlike some facilities, which have one nurse and an aid or EMS monitoring the patient, Mid Ohio Detox has two nurses at all times.


Patient Discharge

Prior to discharge, the patient will meet with their anesthesiologist to go over any questions. Medical staff will prepare the patient for discharge, and they can be released to a family member or friend.

It is important to note that Mid Oho Detox is just the first step in the total recovery process. Each patient is unique and will have their own special needs for their continued recovery. Some will choose outpatient counseling, while others will feel a residential inpatient program is the best next step. We believe that counseling in some form is essential to a successful recovery, and if needed, we have staff available to help coordinate any further treatment.