June 2, 2020
Our patients are finally getting the high-quality care they deserve as state and local governments continue to relax restrictions on surgical practices. Most importantly, this care is being provided in an environment that is safe for patients, staff, and society. All those involved in patient care—including the patients themselves—understand that certain aspects of our practices have changed. The need for social distancing requires that we see fewer patients and utilize telemedicine whenever possible. We are becoming accustomed to wearing masks during office hours and patients welcome symptom screening before being seen. COVID-19 antigen testing is being required by many institutions prior to surgery and this has been well received by patients. Despite the inconvenience, they understand and appreciate the steps we are taking to protect them. In short, we are all getting used to the “new normal.”
the Orthopedic Academy has developed a helpful resource for our patients around the return to orthopedic surgery. “Questions and Answers for Patients Regarding Elective Surgery and COVID-19” is now available in both English and Spanish on OrthoInfo.org, the Academy’s patient education website.
Questions and Answers for Patients Regarding Elective Surgery and COVID-19
Preguntas y respuestas de pacientes acerca de la cirugía opcional y la COVID-19