Preoperative tests - Introduction

Preoperative tests are carried out before planned (elective) surgery. They provide information about conditions that may affect treatment.

The tests you need to have before your operation will depend on:

  • your age
  • your overall level of health
  • any medications you're taking
  • the type of surgery you're having

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends a number of preoperative tests including:

You can read more about the different types of preoperative tests you may have before surgery have at Lab Tests Online UK.

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