Sometimes an injury can’t heal on its own, and requires surgery. Preparing for surgery and not knowing what will happen during a procedure or how to plan your recovery path is daunting. Charlie Piermarini, PA-C, MSPAS, MS, MPH, and the team of experienced providers at Complete Injury & Wellness in Phoenix, Arizona, offer pre-surgical clearances. Your provider does a thorough medical exam and works with you to understand what happens before, during, and after your surgery. To plan a pre-surgical clearance and ensure a safe and speedy recovery, reach out to the team today by phone or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
Pre-surgical clearance is when your provider works with you to prepare for planned surgery. They walk through your current health, family history, and lifestyle and may perform tests. This process reduces the risk of any complications during your surgery and in your healing journey.
It’s important to know your current state of health before going into surgery. There may be actions your provider will recommend, like going off medications or shifting a lifestyle habit, to have a successful procedure.
If you don’t pass your pre-surgical clearance, your provider may not think the surgical procedure is right for you. They may recommend lifestyle changes or an alternative form of treatment if this is the case.
You, as the patient, benefit most from this process. Pre-surgical clearance is important for several reasons, such as:
Your provider’s goal is to determine whether or not you are fit to undergo your surgical procedure. A thorough pre-surgical clearance with the team at Complete Injury and Wellness is important for a successful surgery plan.
To receive pre-surgical clearance, your provider performs an individualized medical evaluation. First, your provider asks about your complete medical and surgical history, current lifestyle, allergies, and your family’s medical history.
Your provider performs a physical exam, noting any injuries, your current health, any infections or diseases, and your specific surgery needs. If necessary, your provider draws your blood to send off for lab tests.
You may undergo an electrocardiogram (EKG), cardiac evaluation, blood work, urinalysis, or other specific tests your provider feels are necessary for your clearance. Any blood work requried for a surgical clearance can be done in office.
Your provider may ask you to stop using certain medications if they are at risk of interacting with anesthesia during surgery. If you are allergic to certain types of anesthesia, this is important to share with your provider.
If you receive pre-surgical clearance, the next steps are following your provider’s instructions, sharing surgeon referrals, and asking as many questions as needed to feel clear on your health.
To speak with a Complete Injury & Wellness team member about pre-surgical clearances, reach out today. You can schedule an appointment over the phone or use the online booking tool.