Pre-Operative Screenings Specialist

Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care

General Internal Medicine located in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Pre-operative screenings are crucial for assessing your risk of complications before surgery. At Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care, Ahmar Butt, MD, Lalasa Valasareddi, MD, and the team perform comprehensive preoperative screenings at their office in the Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. If you’re scheduled for surgery, make sure to book a preoperative screening. Call or schedule online today.

Pre-Operative Screening Q&A

What are preoperative screenings?

A preoperative screening is a health assessment that the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance performs before surgery. This exam assesses your risk of developing complications both during and after your operation. 

Preoperative screenings are essential to ensure you’re healthy enough to undergo surgery.

Why are preoperative screenings important?

Assessing your overall health before surgery is important to figure out how your body will react to surgery. Some of the most common reasons for a preoperative screening include:

Anesthesia

A preoperative screening is especially important if your surgery requires general anesthesia, which renders you unconscious. If you’re not healthy enough for anesthesia, you can experience severe dizziness, confusion, nausea and vomiting, and brain damage.

Surgery

Numerous risk factors increase your chances of developing complications during surgery. These include advanced age, poor health, obesity, and chronic conditions like diabetes. Assessing your risk of complications through a preoperative screening allows the team to determine whether you’re healthy enough for surgery.

Recovery

How you recover from surgery depends on your current health. A preoperative screening helps the team create a recuperation plan that enhances your recovery period so you can resume your normal activities as soon as possible after surgery.

What happens during preoperative screenings?

Preoperative screenings include a full physical, emotional, and mental assessment of your overall health. During your screening, your provider looks for any factor that may interfere with a successful surgery and recovery.

Some factors that the team may consider when performing your screening include:

  • Age
  • Medication use
  • Medical history
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Smoking history
  • BMI
  • Past surgeries

A preoperative screening always includes a full physical exam. During this exam, the team records your height, weight, and vital signs. They also test your lung and heart function, as well as your reflexes. If you’re due for any vaccinations, the team may immunize you during this preoperative visit.

If the team needs additional information regarding your health, they may order lab and blood work or refer you to a specialist for more testing.

To schedule a preoperative screening with the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance, call or book online today.