DESCRIPTION Very often, a preoperative internist examination is required before scheduled surgeries. A standard internist preoperative examination comprises an interview with the patient, clinical examination and ECG. Before the examination, a patient must complete laboratory tests and/or radiogram (with x-ray of the lungs, if required), usually indicated by the surgeon. On the basis of patient’s history, clinical examination, ECG and laboratory results, the doctor will decide whether the patient, from an internist’ point of view, may be subjected to the planned operation.

DURATION The examination lasts 45-60 minutes.