Any comprehensive text of complications in cutaneous surgery should begin with a review of the preoperative evaluation. Complications in surgery are generally defined as unanticipated morbid events or occurrences leading to suboptimal outcomes. Consequently, if physicians could accurately anticipate such untoward events, they might be effectively minimized or even prevented. A comprehensive preoperative evaluation will often allow the surgeon to accurately identify patients at risk for intraoperative and postoperative problems. The physician may thus have an opportunity prevent surgical complications and optimize surgical outcomes. This chapter discusses the essential elements of the psychological, physical, and medical profiles, which together comprise the preoperative evaluation.
KeywordsPreoperative Evaluation Mitral Valve Prolapse Surgical History Noncardiac Surgery Cosmetic Procedure
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