Before you have surgery, you may need a pre-operative clearance evaluation to confirm you’re healthy enough for the procedure. Kevin Calhoun, MD, Shelly Calhoun, FNP-C, and the team at Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center offer complete pre-op clearance evaluations in-office to assess your overall health and lower your risk for post-surgical complications. Schedule a pre-op clearance appointment ahead of your surgery through the online booking feature or call the office in Torrance, California, today.

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What is pre-operative clearance?

Pre-op clearance are services that ensure you’re healthy enough to undergo surgery to treat an existing health condition.

Through pre-op clearance evaluations, the Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center team also confirms that the use of anesthesia during your surgery won’t cause complications with your health.

You should schedule a pre-op clearance appointment well ahead of your surgery date to confirm you don’t have unknown health issues that can interfere with your surgery.

The medical team needs time to evaluate your health and review the results of your test before they can clear you for a surgical procedure.

What happens during pre-op clearance?

During your pre-op clearance evaluation at Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center, the team spends time reviewing your personal and family medical histories and your current health.

You should also provide as much information as you can about your health and lifestyle to ensure the best outcome for your surgery. The team provides a detailed questionnaire that you fill out at your appointment.

At your appointment, the team performs a comprehensive physical exam. Depending on the type of surgery you’re having, they may also request diagnostic tests like:

  • Blood work
  • Urine testing
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Lung function tests
  • X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests

The team uses the results of your testing to determine if you’re able to tolerate anesthesia and surgery. They provide your test results and other medical information to your surgeon before your surgery date.

What if I don’t pass the pre-op clearance?

If your pre-op clearance exam identifies issues that can complicate your surgery, the Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center team can discuss your options for moving forward.

They can recommend strategies that help you get physically fit before your surgery happens. You may also need to meet with a specialist for treatment of health issues that make surgery risky.

The team works with you and your surgeon to determine the best course of action for your ongoing care. They can provide additional pre-op clearance evaluations later when you’re physically ready for your surgical procedure.

To schedule a pre-op clearance appointment, call Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center today or book an appointment online.