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To our patients:
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- If the patient is a minor, one parent is allowed to attend.
- Children cannot accompany the patient to appointments.
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Questions and Answers for Patients Regarding Elective Surgery and COVID-19
Nonessential orthopedic surgeries that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are now resuming. This resource will help to address questions and concerns patients may have about the impact of COVID-19 on their scheduled procedures. If you are scheduled for orthopedic surgery, the office will talk with you about the specific protocols followed by the hospitals and our surgicenter.
Q) Is it safe to have my surgery?
A) As the number of acute COVID-19 cases begins to decline and there is “flattening of the curve”, many of our facilities have resumed elective orthopedic procedures.
During the course of the pandemic, orthopedic surgeons have continued to provide critical emergency surgical care to patients safely and effectively. Our experience with these patients allows our doctors and the facilities to make your scheduled surgery safe and successful. As orthopedic surgeons, your safety as a patient is our primary concern.
Surgical facilities will follow federal, state, and local guidelines. Our office can explain to you what precautions are in place at the facility where you will be having surgery and what procedures you and your family will need to follow to make your surgery as safe and successful as possible.
Q) What precautions are taken to make sure the facility is safe?
A) Your hospital or outpatient surgical facility will follow extensive sterilization and sanitation procedures in line with both government and industry recommendations. In many cases, this may mean that the time between surgical procedures will be longer than normal and that fewer surgeries can be scheduled in an operating room during a single day.
Operating room nurses and other personnel will typically be screened on a daily basis and tested for COVID-19 if there is any question of illness. The facility may also place limitations on whether visitors can come into the facility. Social distancing may be practiced in waiting areas.
Q) If I am having surgery, will I require screening and/or testing?
A) Screening and /or testing of all patients having surgery is required to make sure you have had no known exposure to COVID-19 and have no symptoms consistent with the disease. Preoperative evaluation is necessary to make sure that you do not have the virus even though you may have no signs of symptoms. Your surgical facility, whether it is a hospital or surgery center, has a protocol for both screening and testing.
Q) What is the difference between screening and testing?
A) Screening means you are evaluated for symptoms and findings of COVID-19 disease. This is in the form of questions to make sure that you have no history of symptoms to indicate you are actively sick. You will be asked if you have had recent close contact with anyone known to have the disease. A temperature check will also be part of the screening.
Testing means that you have a nasal swab to make sure that you are not sick with the virus. A sample is taken from your nasal passages and sent to the laboratory to be tested.
Q) What is the difference between viral and antibody testing?
A) A viral test can be done to determine if you have active COVID-19 disease. This is done using swabbing your nasal passages. If it is positive, you may need to seek further treatment and avoid contact with others to prevent the spread of the disease. An antibody test is done by drawing a blood specimen. This can tell if you have already been exposed to the disease and may have developed
Q) When will screening and/or testing take place?
A) You will need to be evaluated several days prior to your surgery. You will be required to self-isolate or quarantine between the time of your COVID testing and the day of your surgery. It is important to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19 disease both before and after surgery. Avoid crowds, maintain social distancing, practice good hygiene, and try to avoid close contact with friends or family members who work in areas where they may be exposed to the virus.
Q) If my surgery is postponed, how long do I have to wait to be rescheduled?
A) If there is anything in your preoperative evaluation that suggests there might be a problem, your surgery will be postponed. Patients with COVID positive results can be rescheduled 14 days after the result if the patient has been asymptomatic for at least 72 hours.
Q) If I am having surgery at a hospital, will I be in an area close to where patients have COVID-19?
A) Our hospital locations will keep COVID-19 patients in separate areas that are being taken care by a different group of healthcare providers.
Q) Can I bring a family member? Can they wait with me before and after my surgery?
A) The rules for friends and family are different for each surgical facility. In most cases, family will only be allowed to drop you off and pick you up at the entrance to the facility. A friend or family member will be called for pickup and to receive patient discharge instructions. Some exceptions will be made if you are a parent bringing a pediatric patient for surgery.
Q) What happens to me if I develop symptoms of COVID-19 after my surgery?
A) Even though you may have tested negative for COVID-19 before surgery, it is certainly possible to contract the virus afterward. If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath, contact your physician and you will be given further instructions and treatment.