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August 13, 2019
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August 13, 2019

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Tests and visits before surgery

 

Your surgeon will want to make sure you are ready for your surgery. To do this, you will have some checkups and tests before surgery.

Many different people on your surgery team may ask you the same questions before your surgery. This is because your team needs to gather as much information as they can to give you the best surgery results. Try to be patient if you are asked the same questions more than once.

Pre-op Checkup

Pre-op is the time before your surgery. It means “before operation.” During this time, you will meet with one of your doctors. This may be your surgeon or primary care doctor:

  • This checkup usually needs to be done within the month before surgery. This gives your doctors time to treat any medical problems you may have before your surgery.
  • During this visit, you will be asked about your health over the years. This is called “taking your medical history.” Your doctor will also do a physical exam.
  • If you see your primary care doctor for your pre-op checkup, make sure your hospital or surgeon gets the reports from this visit.

Some hospitals also ask you to have a phone conversation or meet with an anesthesia pre-op nurse before surgery to discuss your health.

You may also see your anesthesiologist the week before surgery. This is the doctor who will give you medicine that will make you sleep and not feel pain during surgery.

 

ests Before Surgery

Your surgeon may tell you that you need some tests before surgery. Some tests are for all surgical patients. Others are done only if you are at risk for certain health conditions.

Common tests that your surgeon may ask you to have if you have not had them recently are:

  • Blood tests such as a complete blood count (CBC)and kidney, liver, and blood sugar tests
  • Chest x-ray to check your lungs
  • ECG (electrocardiogram) to check your heart

Some doctors or surgeons may also ask you to have other tests. This depends on:

  • Your age and general health
  • Health risks or problems you may have
  • The type of surgery you are having

 

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