Midwest Regional Health Services
Primary Care Practice & Family Medicine located in Omaha, NE
If you’re scheduled for surgery, you must first undergo a preoperative (preop) examination that helps your doctors identify any possible problems beforehand. A preop examination gives your doctors a chance to optimize your health before your operation and to come up with appropriate surgical and anesthesia plans. The professionals at Midwest Regional Health Services in Omaha, Nebraska, administer and coordinate preop examinations for patients who are scheduled for surgery in local hospitals, including joint replacement at Ortho Nebraska. If you need a preop exam, contact the professionals at Midwest Regional Health Services by phone or through the online appointment form.
What is a preop examination?
When you need surgery to improve your health or to replace your joints, you must first undergo a preoperative exam. Your doctors must be aware of any risk factors that you have that could lead to complications during surgery. A preop examination also gives them the chance to implement strategies or treatments that improve your health before surgery.
Why is a preoperative exam necessary?
Surgery is always a traumatic procedure that has risks. The goal of a preop exam is to identify health factors that may increase your risk for potentially life-threatening complications, such as:
- Respiratory problems
- Cardiac problems
During your preoperative exam, your doctor evaluates your heart and lungs, your nutritional status, and other variables. They may then make recommendations for lifestyle changes or treatments before surgery. The results of your preop exam also help your doctors and anesthesiologist plan your surgery and anticipate your anesthesia needs.
When should I get a preoperative exam?
If possible, you should get a preop exam at least several weeks before your surgery. This gives your doctors a chance to integrate the results into their surgical plans. The extra time also gives them time to treat any conditions that raise your risk for complications.
What happens in a preop examination?
In a preoperative examination, your doctor conducts a comprehensive physical examination that includes measuring your height, weight, and vital signs. They may also get a chest X-ray or do an electrocardiogram (EKG) which checks your heart rhythm for any irregularities.
You also discuss your medical and family medical history and review any medications you’re currently taking. Your doctor may change your prescriptions or recommend you refrain from certain medications and herbs before surgery. You must also quit smoking 6-8 weeks before surgery.
If you have risk factors, such as obesity or heart disease, your doctors recommend other tests, which could include:
- Heart stress test
- Laboratory tests
- Pulmonary function testing
- Arterial blood gas analysis
If your doctor discovers an infection or other treatable illness, your surgery may be delayed until the condition is resolved.
How do I prepare for surgery?
After your preoperative exam, follow any instructions your doctor gives you. You can also start to make healthy choices, such as:
- Eating a healthier diet
- Getting adequate sleep every night
- Quitting smoking
Now is also a good time to make arrangements for postoperative transportation and care.
To set up your preoperative exam, call Midwest Regional Health Services today or schedule an appointment online.
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