This is a summary of what to expect in the preoperative evaluation phase. Please be patient and allow us time to properly evaluate you prior to your surgery. This may require multiple office visits with us, your PCP, and/or your cardiologist prior to your surgery date. Please understand that we are trying to ensure that you have the safest surgery possible. You may not require all of these items to be completed, but if you are unsure about what you require please ask.
- Please arrange a consultation with your primary medical doctor if you are over the age of 50 years old or have chronic medical conditions requiring medications (diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, etc). You will need a letter of medical clearance prior to your surgery.
- Please arrange a consultation with your cardiologist if you have heart problems (prior heart attack, arrhythmias, heart stents or coronary artery disease, prior heart surgeries, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or EKG abnormalities). You will require recent heart stress testing and clearance from your cardiologist prior to surgery. If you do not have a cardiologist please notify my office and we will be happy to arrange an appointment for you.
- You will need to have recent blood work (within 30 days), recent Chest X-Ray or CAT scan of the chest (within 30 days) and a recent EKG (within 3 months).
- We will need to have your outside CAT scans, PET scans, Xrays (etc) that are related to your disease on a CD along with the dictated radiology report. We will also need to have your pathology slides and reports reviewed here by our pathology department prior to your surgery.
Please assist us in completing the above items in a timely fashion. If you have questions about this process please contact my office directly.