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Before My Surgery

To expedite your check-in process, we need to receive your registration form prior to your procedure date.  If not received, the Pre-Registration Department will be contacting you prior to your date of service.  You may fax your registration form to 1-866-504-9058, attention Pre-Registration Department.  The Pre-Registration Department direct line is 256-543-1253 or 1-800-900-1253.

Prior to surgery/procedure you will be scheduled by the physician office to come to Gadsden Surgery Center for pre-admission testing.

A scheduler will call you the day before your surgery/procedure to review special instructions and answer any questions you have and give you the time of your procedure.  If you have not received a call by 4:00 p.m. the day before your surgery/procedure or have additional questions please call us at 256-543-1253 or 1-800-900-1253.

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

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Food and Drink

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery/procedure unless you have been instructed to do so by the anesthesiologist or nurse.

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

No smoking after midnight the night before your surgery/procedure.

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 valuables at home. 

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Notify The Center & Your Physician If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the physician and the day of your surgery/procedure.
  • 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 physician. 

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 and stay at the center during your surgery/procedure.  Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver should stay with you for 24 hours.
  • 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 256-543-1253 or 1-800-900-1253 as soon as possible. 

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