Depending on your medical history your surgeon may ask initially for a Summary from your GP or Medication Provider. This is common practice which ensures your care is managed at all stages – particularly if going under deep sedation.
Should the surgeon require further details you could be required to undergo further tests examples of which are below:
Blood Tests – It is important for your surgeon and anaesthetist to understand any blood conditions you may have. Understanding how your blood clots, reacts and any issues can reduce your risk during surgery and recovery.
Electrocardiogram (ECG). – This test records the electrical activity of the heart. It shows abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias or dysrhythmias), finds heart muscle damage, and helps find the cause of chest pain, fluttering heartbeats (palpitations), and heart murmurs. This is information allows the anaesthetist to manage your treatment under sedation.
Psychological Assessment – As primarily a care provider it is important for all our patients to understand fully the information and procedures we provide. With some mental health conditions this can be inhibited which is why we may ask you to undergo a routine psychological assessment.
Ultrasound/MRI – Ultrasound examination is a useful screening test which quickly identifies masses with concerning features and provides rapid reassurance about benign tumours (often lipomas). Understanding the make up of these masses allows your surgeon to choose the best treatment plan.
Anaesthetic Review – Some surgeries require more complicated airway management and as such you may need to meet with an anaesthetist prior to your procedure.
If you have any queries you can discuss this in your consultation with your surgeon.