What you’ll encounter during your pre-operative exam will vary depending on your medical history and the type of surgery you’re scheduled for. In general, you can expect the medical provider to review your medical history and administer a physical examination. If needed, your medical provider will request bloodwork or other tests before complete recommendations can be given to your surgical team.
A specialist referral is also necessary for some patients. For example, patients who have heart problems, high blood pressure, or diabetes, or who are heavy smokers, are often referred to a cardiologist, who specializes in treating the heart. If there are blood clots in the patient’s medical history or that of their close relatives, the patient may be referred to a hematologist, who treats blood disorders. Those with diabetes or high blood sugar may be referred to an endocrinologist. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea may be asked to see a sleep specialist prior to the operation. Other referrals are also possible depending on your medical history.