Undergoing a surgery needs a lot of mental and physical preparation. Individuals who will undergo plastic surgery must follow standard pre-operative guidelines to ensure a successful operation. This includes several tests which your surgeon will most likely ask you to perform before going under the knife.
These series of tests are called preoperative assessments and they are designed to evaluate your body’s readiness for the procedure. Whether the surgery is breast augmentation or rhinoplasty, it is imperative that anyone who is scheduled for a plastic surgery procedure perform the following.
This test is standard for any medical procedure. It measures the amount of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets that are in your blood to gauge if you have signs of anemia or any other blood-related diseases. According to MedLine Plus, the CBC (complete blood count) is used also to diagnose allergies you might have, to predict blood clotting tendencies, and to measure the rate of red blood cell creation and loss.
Because typical plastic surgery procedures involve some sort of blood loss, a CBC exam is necessary to prevent serious mishaps such as death related to undiagnosed hemophilia, for example.
If you are found to be anemic or lacking in red blood cells, the surgeon might postpone your procedure until you increase your numbers by taking iron supplements.
This test is important to see if you have problems in the cardiovascular area. Congestive heart failure during a delicate surgery could lead to a terrible scenario. Additionally, respiratory ailments such as pneumonia and other related diseases can cause your surgery to be halted. Patients who smoke regularly are also required to take a chest x-ray just to be sure that they won’t be having any difficulty breathing during the surgery.
This is especially important if clients are undergoing a breast augmentation or a breast reduction operation.
This is a simple test but a very important one. Surgeons will never operate on pregnant women, so if in doubt, it’s advisable that you perform a pregnancy test even before signing up for a plastic surgery procedure. Because you will be injected with anesthesia, the developing child might be affected. Putting another life at risk is not worth the cosmetic procedure.
An ECG will tell you if your heart is in some kind of condition. Women and men over the age of 40 are required to take an ECG test. The most important part of the operation is for the patient to stay alive during and after the process. Keeping the heart beating is top priority. Heart conditions develop naturally as people grow older. Patient.co.uk mentioned that an ECG can detect instances of recent heart attacks, a definite no-no when it comes to plastic surgery.
For women who wish to undergo breast-related operations, mammograms are required to check if you have signs of breast cancer.
Urinalysis involves examining the urine of an individual to detect the health of the kidney and the possibility of urinary tract infection. UTI occurs more commonly in women than in men. Other diseases such as hypertension and diabetes can also be detected through urinalysis. Such conditions could potentially postpone an operation until the surgeon deems the patient’s health risk-free.
Happy tests= happy surgery
Today’s guest blogger Sharon Freeman is a professional freelancer who writes about plastic surgery and the latest surgical trends in the plastic surgery world.
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