Healthcare services across the world are working hard to protect patients who require surgery duiring the pademic from COVID-19 before or after their operation. Surgeons and researchers have been gathering the most up-to-date information about managing patients who need an operation during the pandemic and contract the virus before or after surgery. This will help make decisions based on actual data, rather than opinion.
Most patients having surgery during the pandemic will not contract COVID-19 around the time of their operation.
Even though we are not treating COVID patients at our hospital, you could still come into contact with a person carrying the virus (as you could in the supermarket or any public indoor space). While we are taking every precaution possible, and instructing patients to self isolate and be tested before admission, there is still a risk of contracting COVID.
We are still in the early stages of understanding this virus and its impact on surgical outcomes. Some reports indicate that if you have an operation while COVID positive or develop COVID while recovering, there is a significant risk that you could end up being ill enough with the virus to need a ventilator on an intensive care unit.
You surgeon will talk to you about the risks when they seek your consent for surgery. Please ask as many questions as you like.
Although the risks of surgery with COVID are increased, we are taking every precaution possible to reduce risks:
Surgery is your choice and always has risks and benefits associated with it. You can decide whether to proceed with your surgery, or delay it and discuss alternative treatment options.
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