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Tests Performed Before Surgery

Tests Performed Before Surgery

Many surgeons order routine laboratory tests before admission to the hospital, or even before certain outpatient procedures, to identify potential problems that might complicate surgery if not detected and treated early. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some of the most common tests performed before surgery (and possible reasons/symptoms for which they are performed) are included in the following list:

The following tests, used on blood and urine specimens, measure certain substances and electrolytes in the body which should be normalized as much as possible before surgery:

If you have questions or concerns about any of the tests ordered by your physician, and the importance of having them, be sure to address them before having surgery.

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