Pre-surgical Clearance/Medical Clearance for Surgical Procedures

medical_clearanceThe purpose of a preoperative evaluation is not to “clear” patients for elective surgery, but rather to evaluate and, if necessary, implement measures to prepare higher risk patients for surgery. Pre-operative outpatient medical evaluation can decrease the length of hospital stay as well as minimize postponed or cancelled surgeries.1

To effectively provide this consultative service, the physician should understand the risk associated with the particular type of surgery planned and relate this risk to the patient’s underlying acute and chronic medical problems. The complete consultation should include recommendations for evaluation and treatment, including prophylactic therapies to minimize the perioperative risk.