What does the preoperative assessment for a sacrocolpopexy involve?

Your doctor will tell you what you should do before the surgery so that you will be fully prepared on the day of the intervention.

You will need several routine tests before you undergo sacrocolpopexy. Some of them are blood tests and urine samples. Sometimes, an electrocardiogram and X-rays might also be necessary.

The preoperative tests will be taken one or two weeks before the surgery. We will also have to examine you and measure your blood pressure, weight, and height.

The goal of a preoperative medical assessment is to help you return to your desirable functioning as soon as possible. The process unfolds in several steps, intended to evaluate and prevent any hazards associated with the operation.

Preoperative assessment methods for a sacrocolpopexy

A preoperative checkup allows your doctor to treat any medical issues weeks before your surgery by:

  • analyzing your entire medical history
  • performing a physical examination
  • assessing stress urinary incontinence
  • discussing your general health with an anesthetist
  • providing you with medicine to help you sleep and not feel any pain

Preoperative tests help identify any factors that might negatively impact the outcome of your procedure and may include:

  • blood tests (full blood count): to check for anemia and reduce cardiovascular risks
  • chest X-rays: to evaluate your heart and lungs
  • EKGs: to assess your heart rhythm
  • urine samples: to test for potential infections
  • imaging tests: ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans

Your gynecologist will explain how this intervention is performed and answer any other questions that you might have related to the surgery.

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