What Is a Pre-Op Physical Exam?
If you are planning to undergo almost any type of surgery, you will likely need to have a pre-op physical exam to make sure you are in good health prior to your procedure. A pre-op exam includes a review of your medical history along with a full health evaluation by our physican. You will be screened for any potential conditions or concerns that could affect your surgery, which is crucial to helping your operation to go as smoothly and safely as possible. Triple board-certified physician Dr. Janice Alexander is happy to provide pre-op exams to patients of all ages at Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics. If your surgery is being performed by an outside specialist, we are happy to coordinate with your doctor to share the results. When you are ready to schedule your exam, please reach out to our office in Cedarburg, WI today.
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What to Expect During Your Pre-Op Exam
Your pre-op exam will be performed in a private treatment room in Cedarburg, WI. The specifics of your exam may vary, depending on the type of surgery you are having, but in general, Dr. Alexander will discuss your health history, check your vital signs, and order any additional tests or blood work. The goal of a pre-op exam is to make sure you are in optimal health prior to your surgery and check for any potential concerns that could interfere with your procedure. We recommend scheduling your exam at least two weeks prior to your surgery, as this generally provides enough time to undergo any additional tests needed before that time. While we cannot guarantee that you will be cleared for surgery, we will do everything we can to support you during this process.
Pre-Op Physical Exam FAQ
What tests are conducted during a pre-op physical exam?
During a pre-op physical exam, a series of blood tests and urine tests may be conducted. Typically, these are used to rule out a number of things, including:
- Liver conditions
- Issues with blood coagulation
- Problems with lung function
- Unhealthy amounts of red or white blood cells
All of these issues can cause problems during and after surgery, so they must get detected before a procedure.
Who needs a pre-op physical exam?
Any individual undergoing surgery is likely to need a pre-op physical exam. If any issues are detected during your exam, additional, more extensive tests may be required. If you have any concerns or underlying health conditions, you should talk with Dr. Alexander and our team prior to your exam.
What should be done to prepare for surgery?
Before surgery, you should stop smoking and taking certain medications, such as NSAIDs. Additional pre-op instructions will be provided by Dr. Alexander and our team.
Take the First Step
A pre-op physical exam is an important step prior to undergoing a number of different surgical procedures. The team at Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics is pleased to offer pre-op exams to thoroughly evaluate your overall health so that you can undergo surgery. Dr. Alexander will personalize your exam based on your age, gender, and health needs. Please call our office in Cedarburg, WI to schedule your appointment.