Before an operation, you may have to be cleared by a medical professional to ensure you’re healthy enough. A pre-operative clearance assesses the condition of the patient and acts as an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the healthcare provider and focus on health risks associated with surgery.
Pre-operative clearance should be obtained at least one week before surgery. During pre-operative clearance, a physician can determine:
These are obtained as a matter of protocol and to ensure the surgery goes smoothly.
The tests done during a pre-operative clearance depend on the patient’s medical history and what Dr. Kidd finds during his physical examination. If a patient exhibits symptoms of cardiovascular disease, they need many tests done no matter their pre-operative status.
If a patient undergoes a high-risk or intermediate risk procedure with additional health risks, they need an electrocardiography. If a patient is at risk for postoperative pulmonary complications, they also need a chest radiography.
For patients who are undergoing invasive urologic procedures, Dr. Kidd may take a urine test. Electrolyte and creatinine testing are both done in the case of chronic disease which could cause electrolyte abnormalities or renal failure.
If a patient is at risk of anemia or if significant postoperative blood loss is a suspected complication, Dr. Kidd also recommends a blood count.
Because so many different things can happen during an operation, Dr. Kidd must determine what’s most likely to happen during a procedure. If he is familiar with your medical history and has treated you for awhile, he’s in an ideal situation to take an active role in minimizing risks and maximizing postoperative comfort after surgery.
In short, patients need different types of tests based on their unique physiology. Doing all pre-operative testing can be cumbersome and costly for patients. Performing the right tests during pre-operative clearance is vital for a smooth surgery.
If you need a procedure done in the near future, and you want pre-operative clearance from a doctor who weighs the risks and manages symptoms carefully, contact Dr. Kidd today.