What is a preoperative evaluation?
A preoperative evaluation is a complete medical history and physical exam focusing on cardiac and pulmonary risk factors leading to surgical complications. The goal of a preoperative evaluation is to reduce a patient’s surgical and anesthetic risks and to help them return to healthy functioning after surgery as soon as possible.
What happens during a preoperative evaluation?
During your pre-operative exam, your provider will measure your height, weight, and vital signs. You should bring a list of medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, for the doctor to review. You may need to adjust your use of medications prior to surgery.
Doctors at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta will evaluate your medical, surgical, and family medical history and perform a comprehensive physical exam. If necessary, your doctor will order additional laboratory testing which may include an electrocardiogram to test the heart functioning, blood or urine tests, and X-rays.
What are the risks of general anesthesia?
General anesthesia has been used in surgical procedures since 1842 as a method of keeping a patient comfortable, pain-free, and unconscious during surgery. Your preoperative evaluation will determine if you can safely be given general anesthesia during your surgery. While generally safe, general anesthesia for older adults or those undergoing lengthy procedures may present some health risks, including:
What health conditions increase risks for patients undergoing general anesthesia?
During preoperative evaluation, AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta doctors will determine whether you are at an increased risk for health problems related to anesthesia. General anesthetic deaths occur very rarely, roughly one in every 100,000 to 200,000 cases. Some health conditions can increase the risks for patients undergoing general anesthesia, including:
What can be done to prepare for surgery?
In addition to getting a preoperative evaluation at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta, you can do a few things to prepare yourself for surgery, including:
If you are in need of a surgical procedure, call the doctors at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta for a preoperative evaluation. Use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment or give the office a call to schedule.