Preoperative Exam

To confirm that a patient is in good enough health to safely undergo anesthesia and surgery, a surgeon will often request a preoperative examination. Generally included in this evaluation are:

  • Cardiac evaluation
  • General physical examination
  • Lung function assessment, and
  • Relevant lab tests

In the beginning, your doctor will assemble basic health related information such as pre-existing conditions, a medical history, and any medication you are currently taking. You may be asked a number of questions, in order for your health care provider to gain a clear picture of your current physical/health condition, and readiness for surgery.

In addition, testing may include:

  • Blood Tests
  • X-rays
  • Respiratory/lung function testing
  • Gastrointestinal testing
  • Cross-match blood testing (if you don’t know your blood type)
  • A pregnancy test (if there’s a chance you might be pregnant.)

There are a number of standard tests that could be done for a pre-operative exam, and yours may involve some of the following:

  • Vital Signs
  • Head & Neck
  • Testicular & Prostate
  • General Appearance
  • Abdomen
  • Lung Function
  • Vision
  • Neurological
  • Pelvic, Pap Smear, Breast Exam
  • Hearing
  • Dermatological
  • Chest X-ray
  • Heart (EKG)
  • Extremities
  • Comprehensive Lab Testing

Specialized Tests

If deemed necessary, your doctor may also request additional, specialized pre-op tests. Although inconvenient, please remember that this entire process is designed to ensure your safety during surgery.