How soon should someone do a physical before a surgery like a rhinoplasty? And what else should be checked prior to surgery?

What are a list of the things that should be done or checked on before surgery outside of a general physical ? For ex. Should an EKG be done? Etc.

Doctor Answers 5

Each patient is unique

In my rhinoplasty practice we require a physical exam that is within 30 days of the surgery, and all tests are based on patients health status and age. Of course every medical center and physician has their own policies. If you are under 35 and have no history of medical problems you may not need anything more than just a physical exam by your primary care doctor. If above 40 we may have you get some basic blood work and an EKG. If however there is any history of heart disease or any other disease you may require a clearance from a sub specialist. Best of Luck. 

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

Preparation is Key

Hello and thank you for your questions. Rules and guidelines are different among various medical offices. You should seek consultation with your doctor prior to surgery to determine if any lab work is needed. I wish you the best of luck!

Peter Newen, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Preparing For Rhinoplasty

Before preparing for surgery, it is important to discuss your health with your primary care physician and review with your board-certified plastic surgeon during your consultation. Based on your individual needs, your surgeon will be able to determine what is best for your health needs. By planning for your procedure with an adequate time, you will not feel rushed and can effectively make plans for your post-op recovery.

Jay Burns, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Preoperative clearance for rhinoplasty

The medical length should be done ideally within 1 month of the surgery.However, many young healthy individuals under the age of 40 years do not need any lab work or electrocardiogram.Every Medical Center has their own set of rules they have to follow.


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Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Pre operative

realgirlnose, depends on your age and general health. We follow the ASA (American Society of Anaesthesia) guidelines in regards to this question in general rely each patients primary care doctor to review their history, exam, lab work etc to make sure they can undergo elective surgery without undo risk. Make sure you are seeing a facial specialist that does "only faces" and has decades of experience. Search the Internet. Good luck!

M. Sean Freeman, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
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