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Elective Surgeries during COVID-19
Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Category: Webinar

Tuesday August 18, 2020 @ 8:00 PM CT - Elective Surgeries during COVID-19


   1.  Summarize current data on risk of Covid-19 infection during elective surgery
  2.  Comprehend best practice safety and well-being guidelines (ACS, CMS, etc.)
  3.  Recall guidance on what patients and physicians can expect before, during and after surgery

 SUMMARY - With the rapid rate of surgical procedures at both hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers increasing over the past decade – from a reported 48.3 million in 2010 to some 129 million in 2018 – surgery has been seen by many Americans as a solution to pain, injury and disease recurrence and prevention. But in middle of a pandemic, patients are reconsidering. A report issued in May 2020 shows all surgeries declining 20% to 40% year-over-year.

Avoiding surgery can be detrimental to a patient’s health if delayed too long. Family physicians properly guiding a patient through the decision-making process is critical to good health long-term, especially for an aging and more active population in need of joint replacement or broken bone repair – two of the 10 most common surgeries in the U.S.

Keeping the patient’s perspective in mind during this era of Covid-19 is key. Clear, continual, and empathetic communications is needed to calmly convey accurate information. This lecture will help family physicians facilitate a discussion with their patients in need of surgery, giving them details and data a patient desires in making the best treatment decision. Points covered will include –

    *   Risk of contracting Covid-19 during an elective surgery.

  *   Basic safeguards hospitals and surgical centers follow to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
  *   Step-by-step guidance on what patients can expect before, during and after surgery.

 A comprehensive plan, including a decision-making process by orthopedic surgeons at a specialty hospital, is detailed. Family physicians will see how patients and medical professionals are reassured of a safe elective surgery – from algorithms to on-site screenings. By better understanding the proper infection prevention protocols surgeons are following during the Covid-19 pandemic, primary care specialists will be enabled to improve communications with their patients considering elective surgery.


 Jason Koh, MD, is an internationally known orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with a focus on knee, shoulder, and elbow reconstruction, and cartilage transplantation. He is Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at NorthShore University HealthSystem. He also is Board of Directors Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at NorthShore and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Additionally, he serves as a team physician for the Chicago Fire, Major League Soccer.

Dr. Koh earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and interned at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. He served his residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

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