Surgery Isn't Bad Enough, But the Stuff Before Hand Can Be A Pain Too!



Yes, before one is going to have surgery, one needs to get themselves in shape, tested, and checked out to minimize complications and enhance chances of success. But the testing has gotten complex, costly, and to some experts gone beyond standard guidelines to tests that one might not need. The NIH has a set of guidelines called NICE that are recommendations based on the type of surgery as graded 1-4, or cardivascular, or neurosurgery, and cross referenced by the American Society of Anesthesiologists grades regarding your general health, graded 1-4. For patients wanting to know about sour surgery guidelines and recommended testing we encourage personal consultations. Actually the ASA stages get a bit more specific for certain things, such as for children under age 16. And then the recommendations may be a yes or no, or a "consider this test". So again, your gyno has to make some decisions for you. Sometimes its a set of tests that just apply to a specific population for instance, sickle cell tests. If you have not had this, and you are of certain ethnic groups, before you have anesthetic you may want to consider having this blood test. But before you are tested, be sure you know what test you are getting, what is the cost of the test, what the test information will mean, and how it will change your treatment course. So drawing blood or getting poked for other sorts of tests may be a pain, but it can be very valuable as well.

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