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Surgical Pre-Operative Clearance


Surgical Pre-Operative Clearance

About Surgical Pre-Operative Clearance

If you have an upcoming surgery, your surgeon may suggest getting a surgical pre-operative clearance before they proceed with your treatment. The experts at AssociatesMD in Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Weston, Margate, and Dania Beach, Florida, provide pre-operative check-ups to make sure it’s safe for you to undergo anesthesia and the operation itself. Call AssociatesMD or schedule an appointment online for your surgical pre-operative clearance. You can also walk in immediately for urgent care visits or book a telehealth appointment from the safety of your home. 

Surgical Pre-Operative Clearance Q & A

What is surgical pre-operative clearance?

If you’re planning on getting surgery sometime soon, you’ll want to get surgical pre-operative clearance ahead of time to verify that you’re healthy enough to undergo the operation. The main objective of surgical pre-operative clearance is to identify any conditions that increase morbidity or mortality during surgery. 

When you visit AssociatesMD for surgical pre-operative clearance, the team reviews your medical history and conducts a brief physical exam. 

Based on your overall health and responses to the team’s questions, they can then recommend pertinent diagnostic tests for an even deeper look into your health and wellness. 

Traditional surgical pre-operative clearance involved chest radiography, urinalysis, and other tests for everyone, but today, the team recommends detailed testing on a case-by-case basis. 

Which questions are asked during surgical pre-operative clearance?

The AssociatesMD team has you fill out a thorough surgical pre-operative questionnaire on your medical history. To the best of your ability, you should answer questions about your:

  • Age
  • Height and weight
  • Exercise capabilities
  • Alcohol and smoking habits
  • Family medical history
  • Allergies
  • Past medical conditions
  • Past surgeries and anesthesia
  • Pregnancy state
  • Chronic health

The team asks that you report any known medical conditions currently affecting you, particularly cardiac conditions, kidney diseases, and pulmonary diseases. You should also bring in an up-to-date list of the medications you take and their current doses. 

When might I need surgical pre-operative clearance?

Surgical pre-operative clearance is necessary for many major surgeries. Your surgeon advises you whether pre-operative clearance is needed in your case. Typically, they recommend getting a pre-operative check-up in the month leading up to your surgery. 

Pre-operative clearance is especially vital if you have any chronic health conditions that may impact your surgery in some way. It’s also important if you plan on using anesthesia, and you’ll likely have to meet with an anesthesiologist sometime ahead of your operation, too. 

To schedule a visit for surgical pre-operative clearance on your surgeon’s recommendation, call AssociatesMD or book an appointment online today.