Preoperative Screening – All You Need To Know
Finding out that we need to have surgery is a stressful experience. Since it is an invasive procedure, it is understandable, but it helps to talk to the doctor or surgeon who will perform the procedure. They will assuage all your doubts and answer any questions you might have.
A completely different kind of stress is the one your body faces during and after a medical procedure. The solution here is as simple, though: All you need to do is get prepared and make sure your body is sufficiently healthy and strong to go through this process problem-free. That is why prior to surgery, pre-op screening (aka pre op testing, pre surgery examination, pre op exam) is required.
Doctors require patients to undergo a pre-op screening mainly to avoid grave and unforeseen complications at any stage during or after the surgery. A pre op testing is intended to ensure that patients are free of any underlying health conditions that might influence the outcome of the surgery.
If you have surgery scheduled or expect to have surgery in the near future, Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches would be happy to help you through the process as easily and calmly as possible. We understand the severity of your situation and make your pre-op screening our professional priority.
We have prepared a series of FAQs to help you understand what to expect from preoperative screening:
1. Who performs pre-op screening in Palm Springs?
The pre surgical exam takes place before an operation and is normally performed by a doctor. The procedure itself is performed by a surgeon. Your doctor at Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches will explain what needs to be tested during the pre-op exam and why. Some surgeons may also ask you to contact the anesthesiologist or pre-op nurse before your surgery in order to address any possible health issues.
2. How long before surgery can I get tested?
Pre-op screening typically occurs around 1 month before your scheduled surgery. This provides your doctor and surgeon enough time to address any medical concerns prior to your procedure.
3. What can I expect during the pre-op screening appointment?
The pre-op screening includes:
- A basic physical exam
- A review your health history (you are asked about your health over the years)
- A discussion about your current health.
There are some tests which might need to be done, unless you have had them recently. If they are needed, your surgeon will let you know, and we will do them during your visit. These may include specific blood tests, x-rays or scans.
4. Will I need additional tests?
Every patient and every surgery is different. The pre-op exam takes into consideration the doctor’s assessment of each individual case. The need for additional tests usually depends on:
- your overall health and any health issues you are experiencing
- your health history
- your age
- the type of surgery
Further medical testing will be also necessary if your pre op testing shows underlying health issues, meaning it might be necessary to meet with one or more specialists (e.g., a cardiologist, an endocrinologist, a hematologist, etc.).
5. How long will my appointment take?
Your appointment will take between 1 and 3 hours, depending on the specific tests that should be performed. On average, an appointment takes about one hour.
6. What should I do if my results are negative?
When your surgeon receives the results, you will decide together about the next steps that need to be taken to ensure your safety during surgery. If your results would prevent you from having the procedure, you might be tempted to ignore your doctor’s opinion and seek a surgeon who will perform the high-risk surgery. Remember that this risk involves your life.
7. Is my pre-op exam covered by insurance?
We accept most medical insurance plans from major providers. If we are not in network with your insurance companies, we will be billing your insurance company for you. We also have affordable rates for non-insured patients. Call or stop by one of our urgent care centers to learn more about our rates for patients without health insurance.
Visit our Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches today and we will make sure to answer any other questions you might have. Our professional team will take care of all your medical needs. In order to get your pre op screening in Palm Beach County area, please visit one of our urgent care centres; our Walk In Clinic in West Palm Beach, our Walk In Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens or our Walk In Clinic in Palm Springs, or alternatively you can Schedule an Appointment.