Pre-Operative Physical Examination
When the news comes that you need to undergo surgery, your head may be swimming with thoughts. Anxiety may be welling up inside, along with feelings of confusion and fear. These are normal reactions to such news.
The idea of impending surgery may cause you to feel as though you are out of control of your life. You can, however, ease your emotions somewhat by taking steps to ensure that you are well prepared. A major part of that preparation involves getting a pre-operative physical.
What Is a Pre-Operative Physical?
A month before your scheduled surgery, you will need to have a comprehensive physical exam. This exam is very similar to your regular annual physical. Your height and weight are recorded along with your vital signs. Your doctor will review your list of medications. Be sure to mention any over-the-counter medications and supplements you may be taking as well.
Your medical history will be reviewed. Included in this will be any surgical history you may have and your family medical history.
Your doctor will give you a full physical exam exactly like your annual physical. You may need additional pre-operative testing if your surgeon requests it. This may include blood or urine tests, X-rays, an EKG or other tests. Undergoing the comprehensive physical exam ensures that you are prepared for surgery.
Your doctor may make some recommendations for you after your physical. If you use tobacco, you will be asked to stop. You may also be advised to eat healthy foods during this time. This would include lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Getting enough sleep is also important.
You should be sure to attend any informational or educational seminars your surgeon recommends and keep your appointments. Continue taking your medications unless instructed otherwise. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to bring them to Dr. Michael. The office of Dr. Brent J. Michael provides a very supportive environment for our patients who must undergo surgery. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.