A surgical site infection is an infection that happens at or close to the part of the body where surgery was performed. It usually occurs within the first few weeks after surgery, but in some cases it can happen later.
A surgical site infection is an infection that happens at or close to the part of the body where surgery was performed. It usually occurs within the first few weeks after surgery, but in some cases can happen later.
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 dental health, and being overweight or underweight can have negative effects on surgical outcomes.
The benefits of working with the Surgery Optimization Clinic before surgery include:
How does it work? It may be determined that a referral to the Surgery Optimization Clinic is necessary prior to surgery. If so, the Surgery Optimization Clinic staff will contact you directly to schedule an appointment. Additionally, if you feel that you may benefit from a surgery optimization visit prior to your surgery please feel free to contact us directly. The Surgery Optimization Clinic is open to patients from all hospitals. One of the clinic’s certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNP) will consult with you during a 60-minute appointment, conduct a thorough assessment of your health, and provide you with important pre-surgery education and outline a pre-surgical plan of care.
For more information about surgical services at UPMC call the UPMC PhoneLine at 717-231-8900.
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