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Tests Conducted Prior to Surgery

General surgery involves treatment of the abdominal organs including the stomach, esophagus, small bowel, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, thyroid gland, and gallbladder. Various tests may be performed in preparation for a surgical procedure at Washington Township Medical Foundation. These tests provide your Fremont general surgeon with information about your overall health and your body’s capacity to undergo an invasive surgical procedure. Data from these tests may also serve to highlight any problems that could occur, and which should be addressed prior to surgery.

For example:

  • Chest X-rays
  • Urinalysis
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG)
  • Glucose tests
  • Sodium tests
  • Potassium tests

Biopsy Procedures

A biopsy is a procedure that involves collecting a sample of tissue from the body to be observed under a microscope for potential abnormalities at the cellular level. The sample may also be tested in different ways such as testing with a chemical reagent. Biopsies are frequently used in diagnosing cancer, though there are many different types of conditions that may be diagnosed using this method. A biopsy can be used to examine inflammation of an organ such as the liver or kidney. It can also assess the severity of a condition that has already been diagnosed. There are different methods of biopsies including punch biopsies, endoscopic biopsies, excisional biopsies, perioperative biopsies, and needle biopsies.

Additionally, there are many different types of biopsies such as:

  • Abdominal biopsy
  • Skin biopsy
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Bone biopsy
  • Nerve biopsy
  • Bone marrow biopsy
  • Breast biopsy
  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Kidney / renal biopsy
  • Liver biopsy
  • Lung biopsy / chest nodule biopsy
  • Thyroid biopsy

Almost any organ in the body can undergo biopsy. Preparation and what to expect during the procedure depend on the area being biopsied. Be sure to ask your doctor at Washington Township Medical Foundation any questions you may have leading up to the procedure.

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