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Surgery Optimization Clinic at UPMC in Central Pa.

Your surgeon may recommend that you work with the Surgery Optimization Clinic to help you with improving your overall health before you have surgery.

Improving your health before surgery can reduce your risk for surgical complications and help you recover faster after surgery. Conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, tobacco use, impaired skin integrity, poor dentation, and being overweight or underweight can have negative effects on surgical outcomes.

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What are the benefits?

The benefits of working with the Surgery Optimization Clinic before surgery include:

  • Improving heart, lung, and other organ functions
  • Decreasing the risk for infection
  • Decreasing the amount of time spent in the hospital
  • Improving activity level and overall fitness
  • Reducing recovery time and improving outcomes
  • Decreasing pain after surgery

How does it work?

One of the clinic's registered nurses or certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNP) will consult with you, conduct a thorough assessment of your health and provide you with important pre-surgery education.

Your nurse may talk with you over the phone. If you have a complex medical condition, a CRNP will meet with you in person at the Surgery Optimization Clinic.

After your evaluation, your nurse will talk with your surgeon about any medical condition that may significantly increase your risk for surgery. Your surgeon can use this information to decide the best course for your care. Your surgeon may recommend improving your health before surgery. This could include a new treatment or seeing another doctor for additional therapies.

Your optimization clinic nurse, surgeon, anesthesiologist and primary care doctor maintain constant contact with each other so that you receive coordinated care from start to finish.



Surgery Optimization Clinic
366 Alexander Spring Rd.
Suite 2
Carlisle, PA 17015

Phone: 717-782-4785
Fax: 717-782-6471

Surgery Optimization Clinic
UPMC Outpatient Center
2201 Brunswick Drive Suite 2200
Hanover, PA 17331

Phone: 717-782-4785
Fax: 717-782-6471

Surgery Optimization Clinic
Located at Polyclinic
2501 North 3rd Street
Floor 3 Landis Building
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-782-4785
Fax: 717-782-6471 

Surgery Optimization Clinic
Located at Medical Office Building 2
2005 Technology Parkway
Suite 300
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: 717-782-4785
Fax: 717-782-6471 

Surgery Optimization Clinic
2690 Southfield Dr.
Suite A
York, PA 17403

Phone: 717-782-4785
Fax: 717-782-6471

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