Should you test positive for COVID-19. Your surgery or procedure may be cancelled unless your surgeon has determined it is urgent or emergent, or if you have had another COVID positive result in the preceding 3 months. If this is the first COVID positive test for a 3 month period of time:
- Your surgeon will contact you of the positive COVID-19 test results & request you to quarantine at home. You should remain in isolation until your symptoms are improving and you have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicines such as ibuprofen and Tylenol). If your symptoms are worsening (such as developing shortness of breath, chest pain, or confusion) please call ahead to your local emergency room to let them know you are coming so that they can prepare, or let the EMS crew know on their arrival that you have COVID-19 so that they can wear appropriate protection. Remain isolated from others in your home, cover any coughs/sneezes, do not share common household items (such as cups and silverware) and wash hands frequently.
- The surgeon will also contact your Primary Care Physician or the Department of Health should you not have a Primary Care Physician. You should also contact your Primary Care Physician or Department of Health for any further guidance.
Surgery After Recent COVID Infection:
- The timing of elective surgery after recovery from COVID-19 utilizes both symptom- and severity-based categories as well as vaccination history. Please notify your surgeon what your symptoms were at the time of infection, in addition to your vaccination status, and the date of your first COVID positive test result. You may be required to show proof of the positive test if not already in our electronic medical record. After this information is provided to your surgical team, they will reference the most recent hospital guidelines and provide you the best time to proceed with elective surgery. These guidelines are in place to ensure that you stay safe and healthy so that you can otherwise recover from your surgery.