The surgeons at Excelsior Orthopedics in upstate New York understand that what patients eat and drink before surgery impacts how well they'll recover afterward. Their group, which owns and operates the Buffalo Surgery Center in Amherst, N.Y., recently hired Melinda Yoder, RDN, CDN, as manager of nutritional services to optimize the nutritional status of patients before they arrive on the day of surgery. The surgeons in the group used to cross paths with Ms. Yoder as she worked independently to ensure patients were physically prepared to endure the physical stress of surgery. They were intrigued, asked about her services and ultimately decided to make her an offer.
"We're aligned in our goals, so the relationship made sense," says Ms. Yoder.
Hiring a dedicated nutritional expert of your own would be ideal. At the very least, educate patients about the importance of eating and drinking right as they prepare for surgery.