Preoperative Clearance

Preoperative Clearance

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Tysons Corner

Primary Care Physicians located in Tysons Corner, VA

Prior to surgery, it is important to identify and minimize any health risks to make sure you are healthy enough to get cleared for the surgical procedure. Our team of experienced primary care physicians at AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care in Tysons Corner can perform pre-surgical examinations and clear you for surgery ahead of time. Call now to schedule an appointment or use our online booking tool.


What Is A Pre-Surgical Appointment?

Complications during surgery can occur, with at least some issue taking place in 17% of patients in America, including infections and complications with the respiratory and cardiac systems. Pre-surgical clearance, or pre-op check-ups, involve a series of blood and diagnostic tests to evaluate your current condition and elucidate any issues that could pose a risk during anesthesia or the actual operation. Our doctors may run the following tests:

  • Blood Tests, to determine blood sugar levels, kidney and liver function,
  • X-Ray of the Chest, to evaluate the condition of your lungs,
  • EKG (electrocardiogram), to examine your heart’s condition,
  • Other tests, including MRIs, ultrasounds, and CT scans.

The comprehensive exam checks your immune, cardiac and pulmonary systems, to determine if you’re healthy enough to undergo an operation safely. Visit AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care in Tysons Corner a month prior to your operation, so you have plenty of time to resolve any health issues that our medical specialists may find.

Why Do I Need Preoperative Clearance?

Certain conditions and surgeries can carry a higher risk of complications. Although patients in overall good health are usually at lower risk, the type of surgery may have associated risks. Some common procedures include:

  • Elective Surgery,
  • Rhinoplasty,
  • Breast Augmentation.

Patients with chronic or unmanaged conditions, as well as elderly patients, will also require pre-op clearance to determine what special precautions should be taken during surgery. Some conditions include:

  • Allergies,
  • Asthma,
  • Diabetes,
  • Excessive Bleeding,
  • Heart Conditions,
  • Higher-than-normal Risk of Infections,
  • Kidney Disease,
  • Liver Disease,
  • Respiratory Diseases,
  • Sleep Apnea.

Additionally, if you have had any recent medical procedures or emergencies, including a heart attack, or another surgery, these tests will inform your surgeon how to proceed.

What Happens After My Pre-Surgical Exam?

After your visit, our board-certified physicians will evaluate the results and send them to your surgeon for review. Our team at AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care in Tysons Corner is experienced in the types of risks and complications that can arise during surgery, and can offer you preoperative and postoperative care plans to manage them. If everything went well, and your results show that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery, you will receive pre-surgical clearance from our team.

Your surgeon or hospital will have the results of your pre-surgical exam and usually will not need to conduct further tests. This can greatly reduce your hospital stay and the risk of cancellation or postponement of the surgery at the last minute.

If you’re scheduled for required or elective surgery in the next month, call AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care in Tysons Corner now for a pre-op appointment, or use our convenient online scheduling tool to book an exam with one of our knowledgeable and experienced primary care physicians.