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Pre-Op Exams

The purpose of a pre-operative examination is so that the care team can assess the patient’s readiness for their coming procedure. Information gathered during the evaluation is used to determine what type of surgical risks the person may have. Components of the exam include:

  1. The purpose of a pre-operative examination is so that the care team can assess the patient’s readiness for their coming procedure.
  2. Components of the exam include, conversation patient about what procedure is and why the patient is having it.
  3. This is followed by a review of systems, or a head to toe evaluation, including review of chronic illnesses, allergies, and regular medications.
  4. After review of systems there is a physical examination, also head to toe that includes including vital signs, listening to heart and lung sounds.
  5. Information gathered during the evaluation is used to determine what type of surgical risks the person may have, and order lab work, EKG and/ or chest XRay as indicated. Those results are interpreted and assessed for the patient’s total fitness for surgery.
  6. Finally, the information is reviewed with the care team and included as a communication to the patient’s surgery location of choice prior to their procedure.

All results are interpreted and assessed for the patient’s total fitness for surgery and the information is reviewed with the care team and included as a communication to the patient’s surgery location of choice prior to their procedure.