A preoperative physical exam helps your surgical team determine if you are healthy enough to undergo anesthesia and surgery.
The exam gives your surgeon and anesthesiology team important information about your health so they are prepared and can tailor your surgical care to your specific medical needs. It also could identify problems or issues that may complicate or delay your planned surgery.
In these situations, other health problems could be addressed before proceeding with surgery to ensure you have the safest possible operation. Your primary care provider should complete a preoperative physical exam within 30 days of your scheduled surgery date.
- Measure your height, weight and vital signs.
- Review your medication list, with recommendations for how to take your medications prior to surgery.
- Review your medical, surgical and family history.Include a physical exam.
If necessary, complete additional preoperative testing following your exam, including blood tests, urine tests, X-rays or an EKG.