The COVID-19 pandemic has required that the country take protective measures to prevent the spread of the disease by canceling surgeries that are not urgent or life-threatening. Many orthopedic procedures fall into this category.
Click below to read a helpful article provided by OrthoInfo.Org and the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It discusses several common orthopedic problems, along with some frequently recommended nonsurgical treatments. If you are already doing some of these treatments, you can continue on with them until your surgery is rescheduled.
Our team is ready to provide you with orthopedic care in the safest possible manner.
We are taking every precaution to keep you safe including pre-screenings and safety measures at arrival. In-office visits are reserved for people who need to be seen for acute issues or require immediate care. When you call our office, we can guide you on whether an office visit is the best plan. Our office hours are now 9am-3pm.
If you have an injury that needs attention and can’t wait, our walk-in urgent care is open in Farmington and Glastonbury from 4:30pm-8pm on weekdays and from 9am-1pm on weekends.
We now offer video conferencing where you can speak to your surgeon face-to-face, describe your symptoms, and ask questions. In some cases, this may allow you to show a picture or live-stream of a problem—such as a swollen joint or a wound. We can adjust medication, provide recommendations for home exercises, and determine if you need to be seen.
Often, a video conference call may be enough to help you get by for an orthopedic problem until you can see us in the office or reschedule your surgery. Most insurance is now covering telemedicine visits.
With the growing concern that hospitals may be overwhelmed by a surging number of patients with COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that some inpatient surgeries be shifted to outpatient settings, when feasible. However, there has been conflicting guidance about elective surgeries that indicates additional guidance is warranted.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) has consulted with clinical experts in our community and the consensus position is that ASCs can continue to provide safe surgical care for patients whose condition cannot wait until hospitals return to normal operations. As a critical component of the healthcare system, we are keenly aware of how our actions can materially impact the health of the communities that we serve and recommend the following guidelines for the continuation of urgent/needed care in our ASCs:
ASCs can serve as alternative settings that provide surgical care for those patients who would suffer from a delay, while allowing our local hospital partners to create the incremental capacity needed during these dynamic times. As the pandemic progresses, we will continue to assess our approach, in coordination with experts throughout the healthcare system, to best serve the needs of patients and communities.
The ASC community stands ready to work with federal officials, state and local governments, and all our colleagues in the healthcare system to provide needed care during these challenging times.