Pre-Operative physical examination:
What is a Pre-Operative physical examination:?
A Pre-Operative physical examination is usually requested by a surgeon to confirm that the patient is healthy enough to withstand anesthesia and surgery safely. A physical examination, heart evaluation, lung function assessment, and appropriate laboratory testing are frequently included in this evaluation.
Causes & Treatment
Blood Tests: Your doctor may prescribe a full blood panel to evaluate your white and red blood cells for disorders like anemia, which might raise your risk of complications after surgery. Your immune system’s state will also be assessed to see if your recovery time may be impacted.
If you’re a high-risk patient (for example, if you have a family history of heart disease, have had a previous heart attack, or have high cholesterol), your doctor may also request an EKG and potentially chest X-rays. Before undergoing surgery, those over the age of 55 should often see a cardiologist for a more complete examination.
You can get tested.
If you have breathing problems or are obese, you may need to have respiratory/lung function tests.
If you have persistent inflammation, constipation, or other digestive disorders, you may benefit from gastrointestinal tests.
If you don’t know your blood type, you can get a cross-match blood test. This will inform the doctor of your blood type in the event that a transfusion is required.
If you think you could be pregnant, get a pregnancy test.