Georgia Retina’s state of the art Ambulatory Surgery Center opened in 2010 and is licensed by the state of Georgia and has achieved the highest level of accreditation—a three-year award by The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, one of the nation’s foremost ASC authorities.
Only Georgia Retina physicians and patients have access to our ASC, which gives our patients a more convenient experience. Our cutting-edge center provides a warm and personalized setting for your procedure and is also less expensive than a traditional hospital outpatient department.
On the day of your procedure, you will be welcomed by Georgia Retina’s specially trained staff, who already have your chart and know your history—reducing repetitive questions to answer, and duplicate forms to fill out.
We suggest you wear something loose fitting and comfortable, and leave jewelry items at home. You will be asked to change your shirt and wear a hospital gown, but do not have to disrobe completely.
While in the operating room you will be monitored closely by one of the experienced anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists, and will receive medication to keep you relaxed during the procedure.
It is important that you remember not to eat or drink anything after midnight, the day before your surgery. You may take your usual medications with a small sip of water the morning of the surgery. If you are diabetic, our anesthesia staff requests that you NOT take your usual medications in the morning. We will have snacks and drinks available after your surgery in case you are hungry.
Your primary care physician will advise you regarding the exact plan you should follow. A brief physical examination is required and must be performed by your doctor no more than 30 days before your surgery.
After your surgery, you will be escorted to your car in a wheelchair, which is required by law in Georgia, even if you feel you are able to walk.
You may feel some residual effect of the sedative medications, for a few hours. You should not drive, operate machinery or make important decisions for 24 hours after the surgery, to allow the effects of these medications to wear off.
You will have a follow up appointment the day after your procedure, and you should arrange for someone to drive you to that appointment. You may be asked by your doctor to maintain a certain head position if a gas bubble was placed in your eye. This is customized for your individual situation.