Tests before surgery
Before surgery, your surgeon may also ask you to see your regular doctor for an exam and possibly for tests. A surgeon may ask this to make sure that surgery is not likely to be too hard on you. The tests may include:
You may also be scheduled for other tests, such
X-rays or an
electrocardiogram (EKG), if your surgeon thinks they
are needed before your surgery.
Your surgeon may include other
doctors in your care, depending on your other medical conditions. For example,
if you have heart problems, your surgeon may discuss your care with a
If you have many medical problems, your
regular doctor may do your physical exam before surgery. To help make sure that
no problems are missed, you may find it helpful to have a doctor who knows you well
do this exam and your medical history.
If you will need blood
during your surgery, you may wish to donate your own blood. This has to be done several weeks before your
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Talking to a nurse before surgery
Many hospitals or surgery centers have a nurse who will
meet with you or call you at home a few days before your surgery. This nurse
makes sure all your forms and tests are complete before your scheduled surgery.
The nurse also:
- Makes sure the date and time of your surgery
- Talks about when you should stop eating and drinking
- Answers any questions you may have.
Preparing for surgery
Before your surgery, your surgeon
or nurse will remind you to do the following:
- Bring any
X-rays or other tests that you may have.
- Follow the instructions exactly
about when to stop eating and drinking. If
your doctor has told you to take medicines on the day of surgery,
do so using only a sip of water.
- Do not use aspirin or
other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) for 1
week before your surgery.
- Leave all valuables, such as money and
jewelry, at home.
- Bring what you will need after surgery, such as
your inhaler if you have
asthma or a cane if you use one. Also bring your
- If you are having same-day surgery, arrange for someone to take
you home. And make sure you have someone stay with you for the first 24
- Shower the morning of surgery, but don't use any perfumes,
colognes, or body lotion.
- Remove all nail polish and body jewelry, such as