IS A PREOPERATIVE EVALUATION THE SAME AS SURGICAL CLEARANCE?
Yes, your surgeon wants to make sure your health is optimized for the best surgical outcome for your procedure, so most patients are recommended to have a pre-op exam or surgical clearance.
You may be healthy overall, but the stress from surgery is more than just mental. Your body will undergo physical stress from surgical intervention and anesthesia medications. A preoperative evaluation is especially important for patients who have complicated medical histories or who have underlying conditions that can impact how your case is handled by the surgical team.
As your doctors, we want you to feel physically ready for the procedure and have a better chance of a speedy recovery.
WHAT DOES A PRE-OP PHYSICAL EXAM INVOLVE?
A preoperative medical evaluation or Pre-op typically includes a complete physical examination, along with some additional elements:
• Discuss any chronic conditions you have and medications you take
• Assess risk factors that may lead to cardiac, pulmonary, or infectious complications
• Review your anesthesia history
• Review any allergies or reactions you have had to certain types of medications
Based on the findings of this medical evaluation, your medical history and the type of surgery you are scheduled to undergo, you may need testing in addition to what your surgeon is requesting to be better prepared for your surgery.
If you need a pre-op evaluation in time for your scheduled operation, Salveo Direct Care can help. We can offer you a package that includes blood work and Electrocardiogram (EKG) if needed, and help coordinate any additional testing.
DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER FIRST?
You don’t have to be a Member to take advantage of our Pre-op and Surgical Clearance services. We can offer you our Pre-Op Package in time for your surgery. Come see us and let us show you an elevated healthcare experience as we believe our approach is the gold standard to Primary Care in San Antonio.
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