Out-patient Knee Surgery during the current Coronavirus Outbreak
Nanoknee and its Surgery Center Partners want to let our patients know what steps we are taking to help minimize exposure to COVID-19
Is it safe to undergo outpatient surgery during this outbreak?
Yes, in fact the surgery center is one of the safest places to be. All of the centers
practice extreme hygiene, the staff use protective equipment (masks, gloves, gowns,
etc), and we limit waiting room occupancy to allow for extreme social distancing.
Furthermore, we are actively screening all patients and family members prior to
surgery. We are also reducing any unnecessary contact by limiting the waiting room
to only a few family members at a time. The surgery centers employs the most up to
date infection control practices, and the operating rooms are sterile environments.
Avoiding crowds and the hospital are important measures everyone should take. After
surgery all patients get to recover in the comfort of their own home. We can arrange
for a nurse to visit you at home to help with any additional care. We can coordinate
the majority of your follow-up care remotely.
Should I reschedule my procedure?
We currently do not recommend rescheduling or postponing your procedure.
Outpatient surgery is extremely safe, and the current COVID-19 outbreak has not
changed our ability to provide the highest level of care. However, any patients that
have developed recent respiratory symptoms or fevers will be asked to reschedule
their procedures. Delaying your procedure now could potentially mean a significant
delay in the future.
All procedures have time-limited authorizations. You could be required to undergo
a new consultation with your surgeon, which would effectively move patients to the
back of the line. We expect a glut of consults and surgeries following the end of the
COVID-19 outbreak, and thus surgery dates could be significantly delayed. With most
people encouraged to stay at home this is the optimal time for an outpatient surgery.