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Pre-Operative Physicals Santa Monica, CA

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.

Additional Preparation

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.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 34 reviews

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



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