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Surgical Care

Center for Surgical Optimization

Information needed for a safe and successful surgery.

Surgery Preparation

ChristianaCare’s new Center for Surgical Optimization helps to make sure everyone involved in your care has all of the information needed for a safe and successful surgery. This includes your surgeon, your specialists, your primary care physician, and the doctors, nurses and staff who will care for you while you are in the hospital.

Planning your Care

Once you are scheduled for surgery, you may receive a phone call from a ChristianaCare pre-op nurse who will ask you several screening questions. The answers you provide will give your surgeon and medical team important information as they plan your care.

If we need more information about your health to help prepare for your surgery, you may receive a second phone call from a staff assistant with the Center for Surgical Optimization program to schedule an appointment with our specially trained team.

What to Expect

During your visit you will meet our nurse practitioner or hospitalist to complete the following:

    • Physical exam.
    • Comprehensive review of your past and current medical history, past surgeries and current medications.
    • Assessment of your heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, diabetes, and anemia risks.
    • Instructions for the day of surgery.
    • Educational materials to help guide your care:
      • What to expect before your surgery.
      • What to expect while you are in the hospital.
      • What you will need to do once you return home to reduce your risk of complications as well as to recognize and get help for complications.

    Your 45-minute appointment may be held in-person, by phone or by video visit. A support person is welcome to join in-person phone or video appointments.

    Please know that you may be sent for additional lab tests. A member of our team may call you to follow-up on needed lab work and tests.

    Your Center for Surgical Optimization team will share information from your appointment with your primary care physician, specialists and surgeon to ensure you are ready for surgery and to equip them with all of the information they need to provide the best possible care.

    Program Benefits

    Our program helps to better prepare you for surgery and reduce the chance of your surgery being cancelled. We review all of your medical information to put together the entire clinical picture.

    Patient Resources

    The ChristianaCare Center for Surgical Optimization team looks forward to preparing you for a safe, successful surgery and a quick, complication-free recovery. Contact us for additional information.

    Contact Us

    ChristianaCare Newark Campus CSO-Center for Surgical Optimization MAP 1 SUITE 112

    NEWARK, DE 19713 directions
    Phone: 302-623-7370
    Fax: 302-325-5028

    Christiana Care Wilmington Campus CSO-Center for Surgical Optimization

    501 W 14th Street
    Wilmington, DE 19801-1013directions
    Main Entrance Office 1N37
    Phone: 302-320-5131
    Fax: 302-320-5727