What is pre-surgical clearance?
Pre-surgical clearance, also known as a pre-op checkup, is a medical exam that often includes blood or diagnostic tests that determine if you’re healthy enough to undergo surgery safely in the near future.
At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville, the team specialize in pre-surgical appointments and effectively communicate details about your health to your surgeon prior to surgery.
When should I schedule a pre-surgical checkup?
About a month prior to your scheduled surgery, book a pre-surgical exam with your surgeon or primary care doctor of your choice at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville.
Your surgeon lets you know when to schedule the appointment, but often recommends you complete pre-surgical screening with plenty of time to spare in case a medical problem arises.
What should I expect during a pre-surgical checkup?
When you arrive at your pre-surgical appointment at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville, your provider asks you a series of questions about your health and completes a physical exam to look for signs of medical problems that would prevent you from safely undergoing surgery. Your doctor may order one or more of the following tests.
The diagnostic test your doctor recommends depends on your health history, current health, and the type of surgery you’re having.
What happens after pre-surgical clearance?
If the results of your physical exam and tests go well and you’re healthy enough to have surgery, your doctor gives you pre-surgical clearance. You may have to wait several days or weeks to get results from blood or other lab tests.
The AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville team send health information from your pre-surgical checkup to your hospital or surgeon for review.
If you require pre-surgical clearance from a primary care doctor prior to surgery, schedule an exam with AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville today or book an appointment online.