Certain routine tests will be done prior to bariatric surgery. These tests may include blood studies, an abdominal ultrasound, and an EKG, among others. Other tests may be requested and could include chest x-rays, psychiatric evaluations, colonoscopies, sleep studies, among others. You may also undergo evaluation from health care professionals in addition to your primary care provider and surgeon, including a dietitian or psychologist.
An accurate assessment of your health is needed before any surgery. The best way to avoid complications is to understand their potential to begin with. These tests will determine if you have liver malfunction, breathing difficulties, and other abnormalities.