What is a presurgical exam?
Before your surgery, or preop, you’ll undergo a thorough exam and evaluation to determine any issues that could put you at risk of going under anesthesia and other medical procedures associated with your upcoming surgery. Typically, you schedule a presurgical exam within a month of your surgery. That way, if you have any underlying health issues, you may still be able to resolve them in plenty of time.
What happens during a preoperative evaluation exam?
At the preop appointment, you discuss your health history with your physician at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Fairfax. Then they’ll perform a physical exam. If you need any testing, such as blood tests, chest X-rays, or an electrocardiogram to check your heart, you can undergo these tests during your preop evaluation. Your surgeon may request tests and screenings based on your age, general health, and the specific type of surgery you are having.
Your doctor at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Fairfax carefully documents the results of all your testing and submits them to your surgeon so they know you have presurgical clearance. Preop assessment is essential for uncovering any hidden health conditions that could cause problems during and after surgery. It can also help determine the best preoperative and postoperative care plans.
What types of surgeries require preoperative clearance?
You may need preoperative clearance before elective surgery, such as rhinoplasty (nose job), or breast augmentation. Additionally, elderly patients often require preoperative clearance to assess their risk factors in relations to risks of a surgical procedure. Also, you may need a preop evaluation before any type of surgery at any age if:
Generally, if you’re in overall good health, you’re at lower risk of surgery-related complications than someone with chronic, unmanaged health conditions. Also, the type of surgery you’re having and its associated risks may also determine if you need preoperative clearance.
To learn more or to schedule an exam with one of the knowledgeable physicians at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Fairfax VA, please call the office or use the online booking system.