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"What does a completely physical entail?"
should i undress, and what test do i need to ask for
A complete annual physical examination is performed by your primary care doctor. You do not need to ask for anything in particular, as it is your doctor's job to know what tests you need, based on your age, gender, and medical and social history. You will need to undress, as part of the complete physical is a thorough examination of the body, including the breasts and genitals. Your doctor will also ask you a lot of different questions about your general health, looking for any signs of a medical problem that might need additional workup. This is also your chance to ask questions to your doctor regarding anything that might be bothering you or that you might want answers to. After completing the physical examination, your doctor will give you recommendations about what to do next. These recommendations usually include vaccinations, basic screening bloodwork (to look at things like cholesterol levels), and depending on your age other screening tests as well (for example, a colonoscopy or a mammography). After these tests are completed, your doctor will either give you a call or schedule a second appointment to go over results and put any necessary followup in place. Please make your appointment today!
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