Prepare for Relief: How to Move Forward with Joint Surgery
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many joint surgeries were delayed or canceled. This protected patients from exposure to the virus. And it saved medical equipment for doctors treating COVID-19.
But now that these procedures can move forward, you may have questions. Here’s what you need to know.
Why Not to Wait
First, know that your provider—and all medical officials—prioritize your safety above all else. If your health care team recommends surgery now, they have confidence you won’t face unnecessary risks.
It also means your long-term outcome will likely be better if you have the procedure sooner, not later. Depending on your condition, further delays could lead to:
- More pain and loss of function
- Neurological problems
- Trouble getting back to work or performing everyday activities
Talk with Your Doctor
Making decisions about joint care and surgery always relies on informed conversations with your health care provider. Now is no exception.
If you had a procedure already booked, your provider may reach out to discuss rescheduling. But if you’re unsure, call your doctor’s office and ask about your options.
Ways We’ll Keep You Safe
When you come back to the doctor’s office or hospital, you may notice some things that look different. These are signs your health care team is working to protect you. For example:
- You may be screened or tested for COVID-19 before your visit or procedure. You may also be asked to wear a cloth face covering.
- Your surgery may be in a different facility—for instance, an outpatient or specialty clinic, vs. the hospital.
- Staff may wear protective equipment such as masks, gowns, and goggles.
In addition, some of your initial consultations and follow-ups may happen via secure video visits, also known as telemedicine. You may even have the option to do physical therapy from home. While such virtual visits were essential earlier in the pandemic, you may find them easier and more convenient anytime.
With or without COVID-19, you might feel stressed about going in for surgery. To ease your worries, it can help to learn more about what to expect. Visit nuvancehealth.org/safecare for more information.