Preoperative tests

Preoperative tests are carried out before planned (elective) surgery.

Introduction

Preoperative tests are carried out before planned (elective) surgery. They provide information about conditions which may affect treatment.

Tests you need to have before your operation depend upon:

  • your age
  • your overall health
  • medications you are taking
  • the type of surgery you are having

Tests can include:

  • a full blood count (FBC)
  • blood clotting tests
  • a blood gases test
  • a blood glucose test
  • a urine dipstick test
  • kidney function tests
  • a sickle cell test
  • a [pregnancy test] (for women)
  • lung function tests
  • a chest X-ray
  • an electrocardiogram (ECG)
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