Pre-Op Visit

What to Expect During Your Pre-admission Visit

Some time before your surgery, you will be asked to come to Roswell Park for a pre-admission visit. During that visit, you may receive tests and exams, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Chest x-ray
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Physical exam by your physician
  • Anesthesiologist assessment
  • Nurse assessment

Before your surgery tell your doctor, anesthesiologist and nurse if you have:

  • Any allergies
  • Had problems with anesthesia, or have family members who have had problems with anesthesia.
  • A pacemaker. Please bring in the card you received from the pacemaker manufacturer that indicates the model number of your pacemaker.
  • A history of falls, problems with mobility, or difficulties in hearing or learning.

Be sure to tell your doctor and the preadmission staff about all the medications you take, including:

  • Insulin
  • Heart and hypertension medicine
  • Non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications
  • Herbal or vitamin supplements

Blood Banking

You have the opportunity to donate 2 pints of blood to be used during surgery. This process is called autologous blood transfusion and takes about a month to complete. The blood needs to be drawn at least 7 days before surgery and no more than 4 weeks before surgery. If you interested, please discuss it with your nurse.