Pre-operative Considerations

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Pre-operative Considerations

Need for surgery
Realistic patient expectations of outcomes
Patient understanding of aims

Screening prior to surgery:
• full history and review of all systems
• physical examination of all systems
• laboratory testing
• presence and severity of co-morbidity  operative risk

Pre-operative care

Pre-operative management:
• stop smoking and taking aspirin one week prior to surgery

Pre-operative checks:
• informed consent
• lab tests

Pre-operative preparation:
• skin preparation
• prophylactic antibiotics, if indicated

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