When you learn that you need surgery, it can be challenging to prepare yourself mentally for the procedure. But mental preparation isn’t the only thing you’ll need to do to get ready for your surgery. Before your operation, it’s essential to give the surgeon insight you’re your health and the possible risks of the procedure.  This includes following your health care team’s instructions and getting your pre-operative (pre-op) physical exam.

Pre-Op Physical Exam FAQs

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What is the purpose of a pre-op examination?

A pre-op physical examination is the first step to help your health care team get the information necessary to best care for you throughout the operation and the recovery period that follows.

The exam screens for health problems that could make surgery dangerous or that should take precedence over the surgery you have planned. It also provides essential information about any conditions that should be monitored, treated or managed during and after the operation. All of these factors are necessary to ensure that your operation is as safe as possible.

What does a pre-op exam include?

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.

A COVID-19 rapid test can be included in all pre-op exams.

Am I guaranteed to be cleared for surgery?

No provider can guarantee surgery clearance. What Physicians Immediate Care can deliver is our providers care for your health by recommending the best course of action to protect your health, safety, and wellbeing.

Where can I get a pre-op exam?

You can drop in or reserve a time at any one of Physicians Immediate Care’s urgent care clinics, where our highly-qualified medical providers will provide a comprehensive physical exam to check that you’re ready for your surgery. Physicians Immediate Care has over 50 locations across Illinois and Indiana.  find a clinic  near you today.

When should I get my exam?

We recommend that you come in at least two weeks before your scheduled surgery. This will give you time to complete additional tests if necessary for your clearance.

What do I need to bring to my pre-op exam?

  1. Name of surgeon
  2. Date of surgery
  3. Where surgery is taking place
  4. What kind of surgery are they having
  5. What kind of anesthesia
  6. Phone and fax number of the surgeon’s office and surgery center
  7. Copy of the blank pre-surgical exam from the surgeon’s office (if available?

What are Physician Immediate Care’s hours?

Whether you need a pre-op exam, a regular check-up, or a consultation about a specific health concern, we’re here for you, 7 days a week. With extended hours on both weekdays and weekends, Physicians Immediate Care is a trusted and convenient health care provider. Walk-in or  reserve your time online,  anytime.