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Pre-Surgical Care Planning

Surgical Optimization Center

Quality health care means doing the right thing the first time and every time. As part of our commitment to quality, we have created the Surgical Optimization Center (SOC) to prepare you and your surgical care team before your surgery. Our focus is improving patient safety and surgical outcomes.

What is Optimization?

The goal of “optimizing” your health prior to surgery is to minimize your risk of postoperative complications, decrease length of stay in the hospital, reduce unplanned re-admissions and enhance your overall health and surgical experience. By optimizing your health prior to surgery this may also prevent delays or cancellation of your surgery. It is also to provide a surgical care plan for the patient, surgeon, anesthesiologist, surgical team, and primary care provider. Optimization also includes patient education to help answer questions and reduce anxiety about your upcoming procedure.

Your Personalized Surgical Care Plan

You and the SOC team will work together to create a plan for your surgery. This plan will guide you and everyone who cares for you before and during surgery.


Your personal plan will include:

  • A complete medical assessment, including a review of your surgical, familial, and social histories.
  • Education and resources to let you know what to expect and how to prepare for your surgery.
  • Medication review and instructions given prior to day of your surgery.
  • We work with your surgical team and anesthesiologists to determine if additional testing is needed based on your medical history. This helps to avoid unnecessary tests and visits , and can save you money and time.
  • Care management options if at-home assistance is needed during your recovery.
  • Your completed comprehensive assessment will be sent to your surgeon and primary care physician with any recommendations, testing, and medication management instructions.

Meet Our Team

Your care team will also include:

Surgical Optimization Center Locations



Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to fast for this appointment?

    No fasting is required for this appointment. If you need to have lab work drawn, you still will not have to fast.

  • Do I need to have someone accompany me to this appointment?

    A family member or close friend is encouraged to attend with you, but this is not required.

  • How long will my surgical assessment appointment take?

    Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Will I need additional testing or lab work prior to my surgery?

    The need for additional testing or lab work is determined on an individual basis. This is based on your medical history, the procedure you will be having, and anesthesia guidelines.

  • Should I take my medications before my optimization visit?

    All medications can be taken as normal before your optimization visit. Medications to be taken on the day of your surgery will be reviewed at your optimization visit.

  • Is this visit covered by my insurance?

    We participate with all major insurance companies. You may have a copay or deductible that would apply.

  • What time is my surgery scheduled?

    Pre-procedure planning will contact you 1-2 days prior to your surgery date to notify you of your arrival time prior to your procedure.