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Preoperative Evaluation

A preoperative evaluation helps you and your surgeon know your overall wellness for surgery, because your wellness directly influences your tolerance for surgery and recovery. Kavita Kewalramani, MD, MPH at K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center offers comprehensive preoperative evaluations for adults in New Providence, New Jersey. Call the office to learn more or book online now. 

Preoperative Evaluation Q&A

Do I need a preoperative evaluation?

A preoperative evaluation is a comprehensive health assessment before you have surgery. Its purpose is to identify any preexisting health conditions that could increase your risk of complications during or after the procedure.

You might need a preoperative evaluation if you’re undergoing a scheduled surgery or an elective procedure. If you need one, your surgeon discusses it in your pre-surgery appointments and refers you to a health care provider that offers preoperative evaluations, like K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center.

Preoperative evaluations aren’t for people who need emergency surgery. In these cases, the risk of waiting to perform a  procedure is greater than proceeding without a preoperative evaluation.

What happens in a preoperative evaluation?

Your preoperative evaluation is typically scheduled 2-4 weeks before your surgery. You are advised to bring any necessary forms and paperwork from your referring surgeon to the office. Dr. Kewalramani starts with a comprehensive review of your current condition and medical history, paying particular attention to your history of chronic medical problems and medications.

Dr. Kewalramani performs a physical exam and evaluates your risk of complications. She may order blood tests for further analysis. After your evaluation, Dr. Kewalramani reviews your results and makes a decision regarding your fitness for surgery.

What happens after my preoperative evaluation?

You get the results of your evaluation after your appointment. Your preoperative evaluation gives you and your surgeon valuable information about your overall health. 

If Dr. Kewalramani decides you are fit for surgery, you may proceed with your scheduled procedure. If she identifies risks, she will explain to you and your surgeon what those risks are, and what you need to do to correct them.

Certain chronic conditions, like diabetes, high blood pressure, and weight issues, can increase your risk of complications in surgery. Therefore, treating these conditions can improve your health and lower your risk.

Dr. Kewalramani specializes in holistic wellness and lifestyle improvement. She can develop a customized nutrition, exercise, and medication management plan to improve your preoperative health.

Are you scheduled for surgery? Book your preoperative evaluation at K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center. Call the office or request an appointment online.