With the first wave of COVID-19 peaking in parts of the country, some of the restrictions put in place to prevent spread of the disease are being relaxed. Many elective surgeries such as joint replacement have resumed. Here’s how to prepare yourself for surgery during the Coronavirus pandemic.
You will have to make sure you are in the best shape possible for the surgery by performing any pre-habilitation exercises as instructed and making sure you take all your medications as recommended for any existing health conditions.
Things will be slightly different when visiting the surgery center because safety comes first. You will be checked for fever and asked a few questions regarding your health. Social distancing norms continue while at the center. You will be provided with a mask that you need to wear at all times and keep apart from other patients.
Your overall health will be evaluated and tests ordered to ensure any co-morbid conditions are well controlled. The Coronavirus test may be ordered 3-4 days before the surgery and then you will have to self-quarantine until surgery day. You will be allowed to bring one member for your family or a friend with you to drive your back home after the surgery.
Research shows that putting off an elective surgery for too long can cause it to become an emergency surgery as a result of deterioration of health due the postponement. Patients that delay spine surgery may end up requiring a more complex surgical procedure due to the degenerative changes in the vertebrae and have a reduced likelihood of regaining optimal spine function
Every precaution will be taken to maximize patient safety and every member of our team is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care in a comfortable and friendly environment.
Dr Payam Moazzaz specializes in advanced minimally invasive spine surgery that enables faster recovery and return to active lifestyles. For all appointments and inquiries, please call (760) 904 5444.