Undergoing surgery can create health complications, so it’s important to have a preoperative medical assessment in advance. Brendan Sullivan, MD, FACC, is an experienced cardiologist and internal medicine physician who offers surgical clearance exams at his clinic in Clifton and Ridgewood, New Jersey. For more information, book an appointment online or over the phone.
Before you undergo surgery, it’s common for your surgeon to request a surgical clearance from a physician beforehand. These appointments provide your surgeon with an opportunity to gather as much information as possible about your overall health to ensure your surgery goes well.
Dr. Sullivan is a triple board-certified physician who offers specialized services in a family oriented environment, including surgical clearance and preoperative assessments.
A preoperative exam usually occurs within the month leading up to your surgery. This appointment allows your doctor to identify and treat any potential medical issues you may have before undergoing surgery. It can also help determine if you’ll need specialized care during or after your surgery.
After your surgical clearance appointment, Dr. Sullivan will share your results with your surgeon.
The goal of a surgical clearance is to reduce your risk of surgical complications or death during your procedure. These tests are often determined based on your overall health, the anesthesia involved in your surgery, and the type of surgery planned.
Most surgical patients need a standard assortment of screenings before their surgery, including:
Dr. Sullivan offers a wide range of diagnostic tools, including vascular ultrasounds, Doppler screenings, electrocardiograms, and stress echocardiograms. He’ll work closely with you and your surgeon to determine the best tests to include in your surgical clearance exam.
During your preoperative evaluation, Dr. Sullivan will conduct a comprehensive physical exam and review your overall health. Based on your upcoming surgery, he might request blood and urine tests. In addition to the physical portion of your exam and your blood analysis, Dr. Sullivan will also discuss your:
Dr. Sullivan will also look for signs of cardiac issues that could increase your risk of complications during surgery.
To schedule a surgical clearance, book an appointment online or over the phone with Brendan Sullivan, MD, FACC.