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lori.36

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Pre-Op testing question
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:35:50 PM »
Well I have gotten the crud and today I am three weeks out for my surgery. I
was wondering, should I wait to get my pre-op lab test done until I am feeling
better? Does it matter if I have a head cold?

I am thinking that it is better to get the cold now, rather than right before
surgery, because coughing already hurts. Sighhh, this has been a year of colds
for my family.

Thanks everyone.


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Lori Cee

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Re: Pre-Op testing question
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2011, 07:39:36 AM »
I had my GP (not sure this translates internationally?  Meaning my general practitioner as opposed to medical specialists - the one I go to for colds and flus, prescription repeats, referals etc :)  Anyway, I had him run a full blood work up about six weeks out to see what all my levels were like for everything to see if there was anything that I could fix or might need fixing to make sure I was in optimum health. 

The pre-op blood work wasn't done for me until the Monday of the week of surgery (where the surgery was on the Friday).  By that point, I think it may well be make or break as in if they find something they don't like they could bump you due to increased risks to you.  I'm not sure what they would do if you had the bloods done this far out. I'm not sure how much a head cold would show up in your white counts, it may only make it slightly low which probably wouldn't raise any alarm bells anyway.  I'd probably ask my GP.  I guess it depends on what kind of relationship you have with them.  Mine seems to know that I went a little crazy pre-op and this type of question wouldn't have been an issue for him to make a call on.  Personally, I'd probably wait a week and see how the cold goes. Hopefully by then it will be gone and it won't be an issue.
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phillwad

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Re: Pre-Op testing question
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2011, 12:15:38 PM »
I had my pre=op stuff done about 3 weeks prior - I did not get the impression they were looking at colds - more blood type etc - not real sure what they check?????

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Re: Pre-Op testing question
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2011, 04:15:36 PM »
I called the Pre-Op Nurse and she recommends that I wait a week and see if my body fights it.  If my body is unable to defeat the crud, then go get Antibiotics.  I really did not want to take those.  I just went and bought Ziacam, I hear that stuff works miracles.  Probably TMI, but I am spitting up Green Chunks in the morning.  Yuck!

Lori
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nekko

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Re: Pre-Op testing question
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2011, 05:17:29 PM »
Hi Phil
Do not stress for that because you should have a blood analysis the day before your surgery in case of doubt for a cold. In my case, they found a sinusitis infection and surgery has been postponed for 3 weeks.
I am not an expert but it seems logic to check if changes could happen between first blood analysis and day before surgery.
Cheers.
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Re: Pre-Op testing question
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2011, 03:56:20 PM »
I had bloods done 2 days prior to surgery. They are looking for colds etc. My white cell count was slightly elevated and they nearly cancelled my surgery. I had the bloods redrawn/checked the next day and the count had come down into the acceptable range. I can't imagine anyone accepting blood work from 3 weeks out as pre-op blood work.

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Re: Pre-Op testing question
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2011, 07:04:35 PM »
Kwarendorf, did they told you what type of infection has made your white cells count high ?
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Lori Cee

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Re: Pre-Op testing question
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2011, 03:58:01 AM »
When I had slightly elevated white counts 6 weeks out, my GP said that it is possible for your body to fighting an infection off that you know nothing about (in that you feel fine and your body is just running efficiently and fighting the little bugs off before they become a problem).  He indicated that the level I was at was so borderline that it wouldn't have been a problem if it was at that for my pre-ops though it was likely that I would have fought off whatever it was within a day or so. I'm not sure what that level the white count would have to be to cancel a surgery either.  These weren't the bloods that were used for the hospital's pre-op testing, just for my own knowledge so that if there was an issue I had some time to try and fix it before it would become an issue with my surgery date. 

I think that elevated white cell counts are used as an indicator that there is something wrong but other tests or assessment of symptoms would need to be used to help diagnose what it actually is. 
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