Whether you are having a knee replacement or gallbladder removal, you may be asked to schedule a pre-operative physical exam before your surgery date. A pre-operative physical evaluation or “pre-op” is commonly required before undergoing many types of surgery. If you deem yourself healthy, you may conisder this office visit as an unnecessary step or waste of your time. Pre-op exams are, in fact, very important. Regardless of your assumed stellar health condition, these evaluations can save you from serious complications during or after surgery.
What Is the Purpose of a Pre-Operative Evaluation?
Surgery puts a great deal of stress on the body, especially when it involves a lengthy time under anesthesia or operating on a major organ. A pre-op evaluation can be a valued preventative measure to ensure you are well enough to withstand the stress of surgery. This visit, which can be performed by your primary care physician, helps to identify any potential health problems and optimize success in the outcome of your surgery.
Not all pre-operative evaluations will look the same. The exams and tests that are given at this visit will be based on the specific type of surgery you are undergoing as well as your age, overall medical health and any underlying conditions. Regardless of your risk level or how extensive your pre-op evaluation needs to be, you can be confident that it can offer significant (and potential life-saving) benefits for your surgery.
The Benefits of a Pre-Op
Pre-operative physical exams are very helpful for a number or reasons, including the following:
- Allows physician to make recommendations to minimize risk before, during and after surgery
- Prepares a high-risk patient for surgery
- Guides what and how much anesthetic to use
- Minimizes the possibility that the surgery will need to be postponed or canceled
- May shorten the hospital stay after surgery
- Improves overall outcome of surgery
- Guides postoperative management
To book your pre-operative evaluation with a skilled physician in Santa Monica, please call Dr. Brent Michael. We are happy to explain what you can personally expect in terms of tests, lab work and other examinations during this visit. Most of all, we can help ensure your body is equipped to foster a successful surgery.