Preoperative tests are carried out before planned (elective) surgery. They provide information about conditions that may affect treatment.

The tests you need to have before your operation will depend on:

  • your age
  • your overall level of health
  • any medications you're taking
  • the type of surgery you're having

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends a number of preoperative tests including:

You can read more about the different types of preoperative tests you may have before surgery have at Lab Tests Online UK.

Page last reviewed: 02/10/2015

Next review due: 02/10/2017