Other preoperative tests you might be offered

Pregnancy test

If you are a woman you may be asked if you could be pregnant. If there is a chance you could be pregnant you should have a pregnancy test because an anaesthetic and surgery can cause problems for an unborn baby.

Sickle cell test

You should be asked if you or any member of your family has sickle cell anaemia. This is because surgery and an anaesthetic can cause problems for someone with this condition.

If you have sickle cell anaemia, the nurse or doctor preparing you for surgery should work closely with your sickle cell care team to make sure you have the care you need.

HbA1c (blood sugar) test

You don't need this test if you don't have diagnosed diabetes.

If you have diabetes and have recently had an HbA1c test at your GP surgery, the results need to be included in the letter from your GP when you are referred to see a surgeon. Check with your GP or practice nurse about this. If you haven't been tested in the last 3 months you should be offered this test before surgery.

Echocardiography (echo)

Most people won't need an echo test before surgery, but you might be offered one if you have a heart problem, for example a heart murmur, or signs of a heart problem, like chest pain or being short of breath. Your doctor should do an ECG before deciding if an echo is needed.

Urine test

Depending on the type of surgery you are having, you may be asked for a urine sample for testing to make sure you haven't got a urinary tract infection.

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