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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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I've interacted with Dr. Michael and his staff on several occasions and they have all been nothing but pleasant! Keep up the good work guys! I'll be sending anyone I know who needs a Dr. in Santa Monica your way!

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Dr. Michael is a brilliant, compassionate doctor who listens and cares for his patient. I have never experienced this quality of medical care anywhere. The staff was very accommodating and made me feel very comfortable. He is the best family physician that we have ever had.

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Dr. Michael is not your average doctor. I feel fortunate to have enjoyed Dr. Michael as my primary GP for over 6 years and have found him to be extremely trustworthy, personable, knowledgeable, honest, thorough, compassionate and non-judgmental. He takes the time to talk to you and to listen to all of your concerns. Dr. Michael is someone you can talk with and he really cares about each one of his patients. He listens and provides suggestions. A patient couldn't ask for a more caring physician than Dr. Michael. The entire office staff is extremely friendly, personable and accommodating. Dr. Michael is a great doctor, mentor and friend. I'm glad I have him as my primary care provider! I am forever grateful to Dr. Michael and strongly recommend him to anyone who desires personalized care.

Gini Holtzman

Dr. Michael takes time to listen, diagnose, and prescribe the best treatment possible. He made me feel comfortable talking to him about all of my health concerns and I left my appointment with answers to all of my questions. Dr Michael really understood what I was feeling both emotionally and physically and communicated that understanding to me.

Jose Hernandez

Dr. Michaels is easy to talk to, down-to-earth as well as smart and competent. It feels more like you’re getting good advice from a personal friend who is also a licensed physician. I have been recommending him to friends and family for years now and with absolutely no complaints. He is always able to fit me into his schedule and help me as promptly as possible. I haven’t had to wait more than twenty minutes after checking in to see him. He is very knowledgeable and polite and is willing to answer all of my questions without being rude or cold.

Alex D.

Dr. Michael is very friendly and easy to talk to. His staff is great and his nurse was absolutely wonderful. I didn’t catch her name but she was quick, very efficient and friendly! I will definitely be sticking around with this doc for as long as I can

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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