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What can I expect on my first visit?

On your first visit, you can expect to have a discussion with your doctor, to go through your tests and medical history, undergo a physical examination and additional tests considered to be necessary by your surgeon.

Your first visit to one of our doctors is a consultation that makes it possible to gather the necessary information that will help to outline and follow the most suitable surgical plan to treat your health problem. Your visit is also important to identify the risks and possible results of the surgery so your surgeon can decide whether to proceed with it or not.

Collaborate with your doctor

Your surgeon will gather the necessary information by physical examination, going over your tests and your medical history. Sometimes, if the tests are not enough to make a decision, the surgeon may request additional tests, to be evaluated and discussed during the next consultation. Your surgeon needs to be sure that all of your medical problems have been considered and treated before the surgery.

These tests depend on:

  • Your age
  • General health
  • Health problems you may have
  • The type of procedure you’ll undergo

Common tests that your surgeon may ask you to have are:

  • Blood tests, including the complete blood count, blood sugar, kidney and liver tests
  • Chest X-ray to check your lungs
  • ECG to check your heart

You may be asked to arrive 15 minutes early to complete the paperwork, medical forms, and records necessary for your visit.

On your first visit, your doctor will explain the surgical procedure you require, and explain the benefits, potential risks and complications of the surgery.

Disclaimer: We do not assume responsibility for the use of the provided information or its interpretation. Our efforts are towards providing current and reliable information; however these should not be considered, or used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/