Your pre-surgery appointment at the POMC

The Ascension Saint Thomas Pre-Operative Medicine Clinic offers testing for patients in one convenient location.

Pre-op Medicine Clinic

After visiting a surgeon, the Ascension Saint Thomas Health Pre-Operative Medicine Clinic (POMC) is the next step to providing a comprehensive experience for the spine surgery or joint replacement surgery patient. The clinics are staffed with internists, nursing personnel, and nurse navigators/educators. Here you will meet with your nurse navigator who will guide you and prepare you for steps leading up to surgery, day of surgery and recovery planning. The navigators are available via phone, email or in-person. 

POMC visits focus on:

  • Medical evaluation
    • Health history
    • Lab work
    • EKG
    • Anesthesia evaluation
  • Education
  • Surgical clearance

Items to Bring to the Pre-Op Appointment

  • Complete medical questionnaire
  • EKG within six (6) months
  • Labs within one (1) month
  • Cardiac clearance letter
  • Cardiac testing within last five (5) years, including stress, echo, heart cath
  • Pacemaker/Stent Cards
  • Accurate list of medications and supplements or bring all medications

Day of Appointment

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment time
  • Eat and drink as usual before your appointment
  • Take medications and supplements as usual

Required at Your Appointment

  • Urine sample
  • EKG
  • Lab work

You will be given pre-op instructions, including bathing soap.

Upon completion of your POMC visit, you should feel confident and at ease about your upcoming surgical experience.

For more information, the POMC can be reached at:

Saint Thomas Midtown: 615-284-7662

Hospital for Specialty Surgery 615-341-7529

 Saint Thomas West 615-222-6737