Preoperative Clearance Specialist

Cory A. Waldman, MD

Internist & Cardiologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Before a patient has any surgery, they need a Pre-Operative Clearance appointment to make sure they're ready for the procedure. Dr. Cory A. Waldman, an internist and cardiologist serving patients in Beverly Hills, CA, helps patients prepare for surgery in every way.

Preoperative Clearance Q & A

What is a Pre-Operative Clearance?

A pre-operative clearance is an appointment with the doctor prior to a surgical procedure. This appointment is designed to make sure that the patient is healthy enough to undergo the planned surgical procedure. Generally, this pre-operative clearance appointment is scheduled at least a couple of weeks prior to the surgical procedure.

What is Included in a Pre-Operative Clearance Appointment?

This appointment will include a review of the patient's medical history, including all past surgical procedures. If the patient experienced any reactions to anesthesia in the past, that will be discussed and planned for at this time. The doctor will give the patient information about their upcoming surgical procedure and will be able to answer any questions during this pre-operative clearance appointment. The doctor will review the patient's current medications with them. This will include a discussion of prescription and non-prescription medicines. The doctor may adjust the patient's dosages of certain drugs in the pre-operative period, as some drugs can interact with anesthesia. Generally, patients will be told to discontinue aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications a minimum of a week prior to their surgical procedure, as these medications can cause additional bleeding. If patients need to get updated vaccinations, those can be done during the pre-operative clearance appointment.

What Preparations Can the Patient Make For Surgery?

During the pre-operative clearance appointment, the doctor will advise the patient as to what they need to do just prior to surgery. This usually includes fasting before the surgery (usually just overnight) to make the anesthesia process smooth and safe. Patients also need to arrange transportation to and from the surgery. It can be helpful for patients to have a friend or family member at home to assist them for a few days after a surgery if at all possible.


Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Dr. Waldman is in-network for Blue Shield and Blue Cross PPO Prudent Buyer Plans, and Medicare. All other insurances accepted, however, out-of-network fees, co-pays, and deductibles will apply. Please contact your insurer if you have any questions about whether or not Dr. Waldman is an in-network provider.

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