Preoperative tests


Preoperative tests


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 upon:

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:

a full blood count (FBC)

blood clotting tests

a blood gases test

a blood glucose test

a urine dipstick test

kidney function tests

a sickle cell test

a pregnancy test (for women)

lung function tests

a chest X-ray

an electrocardiogram (ECG)


Preoperative tests