COVID Questions Answered: Is surgery safe, or should I wait?
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About the video: Is surgery safe, or should I wait?
During these times, having a fear of surgery is normal and appropriate. Listen to our experts answer your questions regarding orthopedic surgery in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I think having a fear of surgery right now is normal and appropriate, and I understand why a lot of people would have those concerns. That being said, I do think it’s important in many instances not to delay care. Small problems can sometimes turn into bigger problems if they’re not addressed in a timely fashion. We have a remarkably sophisticated surgery center. And what we’ve done in the last five years is develop the protocols to take care of complicated problems in a very safe, very efficient, very productive manner that gets the patient better care, better service, and really helps them recover faster. As opposed to a hospital where they might actually be seeing and treating and admitting patients with COVID, we’re doing none of that here. Anybody who has a positive test or we have any suggestion that they might be carrying that, we’re really trying to keep them out of our facilities as much as we can, so that we can keep everyone else coming in safe.
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