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Why Do I Need a Pre-Op? Santa Monica, CA
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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.

Posted on behalf of Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: 310-829-7777

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM