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Should I get screening lab tests before having a low risk surgery?


MedHead Confidence Score: 6
Amount Saved: $200 screening lab tests post


MedHead Message:

If you are undergoing a low risk surgery and are healthy, there is typically no reason to check pre-operative lab tests like a blood count, INR, electrolytes, and urine. The costs of all these tests add up rapidly over time. A lot of surgeons ask me to check these levels before surgery to be included in a “pre-op clearance” without even thinking about it. Trust me, these things add up! And they are not necessary. If you have pre-existing diabetes, heart disease, or other metabolic disease, or are having major surgery which may include the loss of a lot of blood, bypass the screening lab tests.





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