Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI), one of the largest providers of hip and
knee replacements in the state of California, announced it will resume
selective elective surgery beginning May 1, 2020.
Due to the international COVID-19 pandemic and following CDC guidelines,
Hoag Orthopedic Institute postponed all elective surgeries in March and
April, except for emergent and urgent orthopedic surgical concerns and
The move to slowly and carefully resume scheduled surgical procedures was
made in the context of recent guidance from federal, state and local government
agencies and in alignment with the approach recommended by the American
Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and other clinical professional organizations.
“Many in our community have orthopedic issues that have been deferred
for an extended period of time,” said Jennifer Mitzner, president
and chief executive officer of HOI. “The conditions today are such
that we may now increasingly meet those delayed essential health needs
in a careful and safe manner.”
HOI will proceed with the limited elective surgical procedures under a
thoughtful and judicious protocol, monitoring the data daily and will
be willing to adjust as necessary based on current conditions.
“We have developed and implemented additional safety measures to
protect our patients, physicians and staff members in accordance with
CDC and other federal, state and local guidelines,” said Robert
Gorab, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Hoag Orthopedic Institute. “In
addition, we will resume performing elective orthopedic procedures on
carefully selected patients first, primarily on an outpatient basis and
on those patients with fewer health-related issues that might increase
surgical risk. We have an outstanding clinical care team and we are all
very excited to resume orthopedic care for our patients, as many are quite
limited by their musculoskeletal conditions.”
Out of an abundance of caution, all patients undergoing elective surgery
procedures will be required to obtain COVID-19 testing three days prior
to surgery. Following the test, all patients will be required to quarantine
at home prior to arrival at the facility for their surgical procedure.
HOI has taken additional safety measures to ensure the safety of all, including:
- Patient screening at admission in accordance with CDC guidelines, including
temperature, health and travel history.
- Visitor limitations to patient drop off and pick up only.
- Screening and limiting all personnel and visitors to the facility.
- Limiting personnel in the operating room.
- Implementing new protocols and procedures for staff and physicians including
but not limited to masking, distancing guidelines and hand washing.