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Before My Surgery

A Health History Nurse will call you prior to your surgery to collect information about your health and review special instructions and answer any questions you have.
If you have not received a call by 12:00 PM the day before your surgery or have additional questions please call us at 770-287-1500 between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM.

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.


Food and Drink                                                                                                             

Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure/surgery. You may brush your teeth.  The preoperative nurse will give specific instructions during your phone call.

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Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

Do not smoke after midnight the day before and on the day of your procedure/surgery.

Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery.

Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Please leave all valuables and jewelry at home. 

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Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea  the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal medicines.  You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery.  You can discuss this with your surgeon. 

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home.  Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you in the facility and for 24 hours after your procedure.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery. 
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required.  If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the Scheduling department 770-287-1500 as soon as possible. 

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