On the day of your appointment:
If you are a new patient, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. This is to allow adequate time to complete all necessary new patient paperwork.
All other patients please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. At Pain Consultants of Atlanta, we take pride in having minimal wait times for our patients. In order to maintain this standard, it is necessary and greatly appreciated that our patients arrive on time for their scheduled appointments.
We do not accept walk-in appointments.
Please bring your photo I.D. and insurance card(s) to each appointment. This policy helps protect and ensure that no one may falsely receive your medical benefits. It also ensures accurate billing of your medical insurance.
Please be prepared to provide your medical history. This includes:
- A list of all medications that you are taking with the dosages and how you take each medication. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and herbal medicine.
- Any relevant medical records from your referring physician
- Any relevant x-rays, imaging studies, and laboratory tests
- Details about your current condition
- Your past medical history including surgeries and family history
If you are having a procedure
- You will need a responsible adult to drive you home after your procedure and monitor you for the next 24 hours. Your driver must remain in the facility during your procedure.
- It is very important that you bring your complete medication list with you, including the dosages and the frequency of each medication you take.
- Do Not Eat or Drink 6 hours before your procedure.
- If you take blood pressure medication or medication for acid reflux, you may take these medications the morning of your procedure with just a sip of water.
- If you are a diabetic and you take oral diabetes medication or regular insulin, do not take your morning dose if your procedure is in the morning.
- If you are a diabetic and you are having an afternoon procedure, you may take your oral diabetes medication or regular insulin in the morning with a light breakfast.
- It is very important for you to notify the physician prior to your procedure if you are taking blood thinning medications. These medications are generally stopped at least 5-7 days before a procedure and may require lab testing prior to the procedure. These include:
- Coumadin (Warafin)
- Pletal (Cilostazol)
- Trental (Pentoxifyllin)
- Pradaxa (Dabigatran)
- Effient (Prasugrel)
- Fragmin (Dalteparin)
- Persantine (Dipyridamole)
Please call our office for specific instructions if you are taking one of these medications. It is very important that you always check with the prescribing doctor of your blood thinning medication before you stop taking or alter the dose of your blood thinning medication.
Post Procedure Instructions
- If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pain management or sedation, please call our office at 404-351-7654 and ask for the Nurse's Line.
- Your pain may increase over the next 2 to 4 days, and may last approximately one week after the procedure. This is normal.
- Be careful on steps, curbs, rugs or other uneven surfaces the day of your procedure.
- No heavy lifting (no more than 10 pounds). No strenuous exercise and no excessive activity until normal strength & sensation return, which is usually by the following day (24 hours).
- No swimming, hot tubs or tub baths for 3 days following the procedure.
- You may use ice packs for 20 minutes per hour during the first 24 hours, then use heat for 20 minutes per hour.
Additional Post Procedure Instructions for Sedation
- If you had sedation with your procedure, do not drive or operate hazardous equipment for the remainder of the day.
- Make no important personal or business decisions today.
- Do Not sign any legal documents for 24 hours.
- NO alcohol for 24 hours before or after the procedure; otherwise, eat and drink as usual.
Please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:
- Sudden severe back pain and/or numbness in an extremity previously unaffected
- Persistent vomiting
- Difficulty breathing
- Very pale or grayish skin color
- Changes in awareness
If your procedure was in the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Macquarium, LLC and you have an after hours urgent need, you may reach our after hours call service at 404-835-8101.