Primary care providers are often asked to evaluate a patient prior to surgery. The PCP may be seeing the patient at the request of the surgeon or may be assessing the patient prior to consideration of a surgical referral. The goal of the evaluation of the patient is to detect unrecognized disease and risk factors that may increase the risk of surgery above baseline and to propose strategies to reduce this risk. Here at Tapia Internal Medicine Clinic, PLLC the physicians strive to make sure that all necessary tests are concluded before sending the patient back to the surgeon with a clear bill of health or surgical clearance.
List of tests that may be recommended:
- Electrocardiogram or EKG
- Lab work
- Screening questionaire
- Imaging ex. X-Ray, MRI, CT