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pre-op

motelman99mmotelman99 Posts: 122
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
what are they testing for at pre-op work.
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  • They want to be sure the heart is strong enough to withstand anesthetic, that there is no infection anywhere, that the kidneys can clear the anesthetic....

    They usually do bloodwork, maybe a chest x-ray...I can't quite remember!
  • They usually do a CBC (complete blood count)to check for infection, inflammation or anemia, a PT (prothrombin time) for blood coagulation time. Depending on age, may do an ECG to check for heart problems. A set of vital signs is usually done, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, oxygen saturation level. Also, sometimes they will do a chest x-ray.

    Best to you,

    Marianne
  • Except for one surgery that was 3 weeks from another, each one had me get a chest x-ray, CBC, (PG - tinkle test) and EKG. That plus a "general health" sign off from my GP. :-)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I've found that now that I'm over 40 the EKG is standard. Other than that it's as everyone has mentioned - primarily blood tests. Depending on your age and medical history more tests can be added if needed (such as chest x-ray).
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Just a side note, it isn't unusual for your EKG to be abnormal in some way or another. My EKG is always questioned, but there is nothing wrong with my heart.
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