What can I expect on my first visit to the general surgery department?

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

Your first visit to one of our doctors consists of a consultation that makes it possible to gather the necessary information to help outline and follow the most suitable surgical plan to treat your health problem. Your medical examination is also essential in identifying the risks and possible postoperative results, determining whether to proceed with the intervention or not.

The general surgeons at our hospital are highly trained and prepared to perform a multitude of procedures, ensuring effective treatment solutions for a wide range of conditions.

Collaborate with your general surgeon

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

These medical investigations depend on your:

  • age
  • general health
  • pre-existing conditions
  • type of procedure to undergo

Standard tests that you may be required to take 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 additional necessary records. On your first visit, your doctor will explain the surgical procedure you require, including all the benefits, potential risks, and surgery complications.

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