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Update on Elective Surgeries

Ready to Get You Back to You

At Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI), patient safety has always been of utmost importance, and it drives our outcomes and patient experience. We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unease and uncertainty, but what has not changed is HOI’s commitment to excellence in orthopedic care and outcomes.

Resumed Orthopedic Surgeries on May 1st

While we have been prioritizing urgent and emergent orthopedic cases since March, we are pleased to share that on
May 1, we resumed scheduled surgical procedures at HOI with a phased approach.

The move to resume scheduled surgical procedures was made:

  • In the context of recent guidance from federal, state and local governmental agencies.
  • In alignment with the approach recommended by clinical professional organizations.
  • COVID-related hospital and resource capacity in California and Orange County specifically, has not been significantly impacted to date (which was a material driver of the early actions to limit procedures to urgent/emergent, in order to preserve those resources).
  • Many in our community have orthopedic care needs that have been deferred for an extended period of time and the conditions are such that we may now increasingly meet those needs.

Pre-Op Patient Screening & Testing Protocol

We will proceed with our plan in a thoughtful and judicious manner, monitoring the data daily and will be ready to adjust as necessary based on changing conditions.

We have also developed and implemented additional safety measures to protect our patients, physicians and staff members in accordance with CDC and other regulatory guidelines:

  • Patient Pre-Op COVID-19 Test must be completed 5 days prior to surgery followed by self-isolation until scheduled surgery date.
  • Patient screening at admission in accordance with CDC guidelines including temperature, health and travel history.
  • Visitor restrictions
  • Screening and limiting all personnel and visitors entering the facility
  • Offering online pre-op classes to assist patients and caregivers to prepare for a successful surgery and recovery.
  • Limiting personnel in the Operating Rooms
  • Screening of all staff members and doctors upon entrance to the facility to include, but not limited to, masking, temperature and social distancing rules.

While COVID-19 is likely our new normal for the foreseeable future, we are well positioned to begin to more fully serve our community in a manner consistent with our mission and vision.

Thank you for choosing Hoag Orthopedic Institute. We are here to help you “Get Back to You.”

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