What Is a Preoperative Pulmonary Evaluation?

Female doctor using stethoscope listening to senior patients heart. A preoperative pulmonary evaluation is a medical assessment carried out prior to surgery in order to evaluate one’s lung health and ensure they are fit for the procedure. It may include:

  • A physical examination
  • Spirometry
  • Lab testing, such as a complete blood count (CBC) or arterial blood gas (ABG)
  • Chest imaging, such as an X-ray or CT scan
  • Possibly other tests depending on the patient’s risk factors

The goal of this type of evaluation is to identify any potential risks that may arise during surgery due to impaired respiratory function. By understanding any underlying lung conditions beforehand, Dr. Marc Bowen, our pulmonologist, can plan accordingly and implement measures to manage these issues appropriately throughout the surgical process. Performing a preoperative pulmonary evaluation can also help to ensure the patient receives the safest, most effective care. By thoroughly assessing a patient’s lung health before surgery, their risk of postoperative complications is likely to be reduced. Ultimately, this helps to create better outcomes for patients and reduce overall healthcare costs.

Additionally, patients with a history of lung disease or those at risk of developing postoperative complications may need a preoperative pulmonary evaluation. It is very critical that you discuss your health history and any medications you are currently taking with Dr. Marc Bowen prior to the procedure so he can determine if you will require this type of assessment.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Marc Bowen?

Dr. Marc Bowen is a pulmonologist with over three decades of experience. He has served patients in and around the area of New York, NY, with their pulmonary needs to ensure they lead healthy lives. He offers a wide range of services at his office, reducing the need for referrals to other specialists in the field, building trust and respect with his patients.

Do I Need a Preoperative Pulmonary Evaluation?

If you have any further questions regarding what is involved in a preoperative pulmonary evaluation and whether it is necessary for your upcoming procedure, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Marc Bowen of New York, NY. He will be more than happy to assist you in preparing for your upcoming procedure. Call 212-480-4062 to schedule an evaluation at either of his office locations in the area.

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