Your surgeon will want to make sure you are ready for your surgery. To do this, you will have some checkups and tests before surgery.
Many different people on your surgery team may ask you the same questions before your surgery. This is because your team needs to have as much information as they can gather in order to give you the best surgery results. Try to be patient if you are asked the same questions more than once.
Pre-op is the time before your surgery. It means "before operation." During this time, you will meet with one of your doctors. This may be your surgeon or primary care doctor:
Some hospitals also ask you to meet with a hospital nurse during the week before surgery. At this visit:
You may also see your anesthesiologist the week before surgery. This is the doctor who will give you medicine that will make you sleep and not feel pain during surgery.
Your surgeon will want to make sure that other health conditions you may have will not cause problems during your surgery. So you may need to visit:
Your surgeon may tell you that you need some tests before surgery. Some tests are for all surgical patients. Others are done only if you are at risk of certain health conditions.
Common tests that your surgeon may ask you to have if you have not had them recently are:
Some doctors or surgeons may also ask you to have other tests. This depends on:
These other tests may include:
Make sure the doctors who do your pre-op tests send the results to your surgeon. This helps keep your surgery from being delayed.
Beauchamp RD, Higgins MS. Perioperative patient safety. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 10.
Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, General Surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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