Depending on your surgery, you may be requested to participate in a pre-operative assessment, which can take the form of an in-person appointment with a primary care doctor, a video call, or a telephone call. Most pre-ops do require a physical examination and in office visit as most often a physical exam, ekg and laboratory workup is required. All testing is performed in our office as an outpatient and do not require you to visit multiple places to have it performed.
During this assessment, our health care provider will ask questions about your health, previous medical history, surgical history, allergies, medications and home situation. The decision to order preoperative tests should be guided by the patient’s clinical history, comorbidities , and physical examination findings.
The purpose of the Pre-op or pre-operative assessment is to determine if there are any medical issues that need to be addressed prior to the operation or if you require special attention during perioperative or postoperative surgery. Our Beverly Hills medical practice has been providing preoperative surgical clearances for surgeons and patients prior to surgery for over a decade. We offer in house laboratory workup, treadmill stress test, 2d echo of the heart, pulmonary function testing and more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and get cleared for your upcoming surgery.
What is pre-operative testing?
Pre-operative testing is a set of medical evaluations, procedures, and assessments that are performed before surgery to prepare a patient for the operation and ensure their safety. These tests help to identify any underlying medical conditions or potential risk factors that may affect the patient’s health during or after the surgery.
The tests can include physical examinations, laboratory tests, imaging studies, and other diagnostic tests, as well as assessments of the patient’s medical history, current medications, and overall health status. These test results help the medical team determine the best course of action for the patient and ensure that the patient is physically and mentally prepared for the operation.
What is the reason for pre-operative testing?
The main reason for pre-operative testing is to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient before, during, and after the surgery. The tests help the medical team evaluate the patient’s overall health, identify any underlying medical conditions, and determine any potential risk factors that may affect the patient’s health during or after the surg. Healthy patients who have no risk factors may still need to have this procedure to ensure safety. This clearance does not need to be done by a cardiologist only. Our board certified internal medicine doctors have extensive experience in optimizing health and uncovering issues that need to be resolved prior to surgery.
Additionally, pre-operative testing can help clinicians:
- Confirm the correct diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment
- Ensure that the patient has informed consent and understands the high risks and benefits of the surgery
- Plan for the best possible outcome of the surgery
- Optimize the patient’s health and reduce the risk of complications during the surgery
- Prepare for any contingencies that may arise during the surgery
- Improve communication between the patient, the medical team, and the family
- Discover any medical issues that would put a patient for risk for surgery and correct them prior to the operation