Before you have any surgery, it’s important to get checked out by a medical doctor to assess your health and properly prepare you for your surgery. Dr. Arthur Pinkhasov at Genuine Care Physician PC offers preoperative, or pre-op, examinations at his office in Forest Hills, New York. If you’re planning to undergo surgery and need a pre-op exam, call today at (516) 262-3612 (Forest Hills) or (516) 419-3366 (Rockaway) or book an appointment online.
What is the purpose of a pre-op exam?
The purpose of the pre-op exam is to evaluate your health and create a plan to prepare you for your procedure, while minimizing your risk of complications. The pre-op exam isn’t an exam to make sure you’re healthy enough to have surgery.
During the exam. Dr. Pinkhasov assesses the health of your heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. If he discovers an issue, he may recommend further testing or refer you to a specialist. He also uses this information to develop a medical plan for the surgeon to help improve success during and after surgery.
When do I get a pre-op exam?
You will complete your pre-op exam within a month of your procedure, which gives you time to manage any medical issues that may arise during the exam.
However, your surgeon may have specific recommendations for when you should have your pre-op exam based on your medical history and the type of procedure you’re undergoing.
Do I need to prepare for a pre-op exam?
For a thorough examination, Dr. Pinkhasov needs to know the type of procedure you’re having and your medical history. To prepare for the pre-op exam, be sure to bring in all the documentation you have from your surgeon, as well as medical and immunization records, and a list of all the medications you take.
What happens during a pre-op exam?
The pre-op exam is similar to your annual physical exam. Dr. Pinkhasov starts by getting your vitals, including your height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. Then he conducts his physical exam.
After Dr. Pinkhasov has completed his exam, he drafts a report that includes his assessment of your health and provides pre- and post-op recommendations to your surgeon.
Do I need to take any special tests?
There are a number of tests Dr. Pinkhasov or your surgeon may recommend you take prior to your surgery, including:
- Blood draw
- X-rays and other diagnostic imaging such as MRI
- Stress test
- Lung function test
If you need to schedule a pre-op exam for an upcoming surgery, call the office or book an appointment online.