you are 17 years of age or younger, the State of Georgia has
a Parental Notification Law that must be addressed. Minors under
the age of 18 must have parental consent for the abortion. A
parent must accompany the patient and have picture ID and birth
IMPORTANT PRE-OP INSTRUCTIONS
- Please call and make an appointment. A phone counselor will
answer your questions and discuss your fee. Some insurance
plans are accepted. For insurance verification, appointments
should be made 2-3 days in advance.
- On the day of your procedure do not take anything by mouth
after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes
food, water, gum, candy, mints, ice, or smoking cigarettes.
This will help avoid nausea and possible serious anesthesia
- Remove the acrylic nail off of the index fingers on both
hands. Remove all nail polish on the remaining fingers.
- Do not bring any jewelry or valuables. The Atlanta SurgiCenter
will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.
- You are required to bring a responsible adult who can stay
with you until you are ready to be discharged by the physician.
If you have trouble finding an escort, please ask the phone
counselor for assistance. In extreme circumstances, some organizations
will provide escorts. So your driver is comfortable while
they wait we recommend that they bring a jacket.
- Bring a bathrobe, a warm pair of socks, and sanitary pads
the day of your procedure.
- All major credit cards, money orders and cashier's checks
are accepted. We do not accept personal checks or cash, however,
cash will be accepted for any additional fees.
- Payment is due at the time of service.
- Please remember children are not permitted. This includes
the grounds of the office including the parking lot.
TO INSURE THE SAFETY AND
COMFORT OF OUR PATIENTS AND THEIR ESCORTS, SECURITY IS ALWAYS
TO EXPECT AFTERWARDS
The three-week period following
your abortion is very important. This information will help
to assure an easy and worry-free recovery. Please read this
information and the additional information that you will receive
upon your visit carefully.
It is perfectly normal to experience bleeding after the abortion.
Some women have bleeding similar to a normal period and others
bleed very little or not at all. You will be taking a medication
called methergine/ergonovine for a few days following your procedure,
which helps to control bleeding and contract the uterus. Your
first normal period following the abortion should come in four
to six weeks. We ask that you monitor your bleeding for three
days after your abortion. If your bleeding becomes excessive
and you begin to saturate a full size pad within one hour or
if you are passing clots of blood larger than the size of a
quarter, you should contact us by calling our emergency number.
This number will be given to you during your visit and allows
for twenty-four hour emergency accessibility.
It is not unusual to experience cramping after your procedure.
You may take any non-aspirin pain reliever or pain reliever
that is prescribed to you by us to relieve your discomfort.
Avoid aspirin as it may thin the blood and lead to heavier bleeding.
Breast Soreness and Mood Changes
As your hormones shift from the pregnant to the non-pregnant
state, you may feel a slight "down" or "blue" period. These
feelings should subside in a few days. A small percentage of
women experience some increased breast tenderness for a few
days after the procedure and some women produce milk. This is
best remedied by wearing a tight-fitting bra for 24-48 hours,
applying ice to the breasts and by refraining from touching
the breasts. Milk production should diminish in a few days.
In order to avoid infection and to ensure a healthy recovery,
there are a few restrictions that you must follow for the three-week
period following your abortion and until after you have received
a follow-up exam. These include abstaining from sexual intercourse,
using tampons, douching, tub baths and swimming for three weeks.
You should avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting
(lifting anything over fifteen pounds) and all exercise.