A thorough evaluation to prepare you for surgery.
A preoperative clearance, more commonly known as a pre-op exam, must be conducted prior to any form of surgery to evaluate how well your body can handle the stress of the planned procedure, and your ability to heal from it afterwards. Our pre-operative evaluation consists of a thorough review of your previous medical history, allergies and medications, and an examination to investigate your current state of health.
Additional lab work or special testing procedures, such as X-rays, EKG or stress tests, may be required as part of the investigative process, depending on the individual's health history and the planned procedure.
Our physicians may also make recommendations on changes to medications, or abstinence from specific medications, to minimize any risks of intraoperative and/or postoperative complications.
Pre-op exams should usually occur about two weeks before your planned procedure, so please plan with this timeframe in mind. While a fortnight might seem excessive, it allows enough time to complete the physical exam, a review of your history, and to obtain results from any needed lab work, tests, or specialists. We would also ask that you fast for at least 6 hours before your procedure - failure to do so can result in a delay to or postponement of your surgery.
Your surgeon will be more than happy to address any questions or concerns you have about your procedure, so don't be afraid to ask.