The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on our country, including temporarily pausing medical procedures. If you are an orthopaedic patient in need of total joint replacement surgery, you may have had this procedure delayed or chose to delay it yourself. However, as of May 11, 2020, the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) determined it is safe for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to perform elective surgical procedures.
Though you might feel reluctant to schedule your surgery, there is value in moving forward with your treatment. Delayed or cancelled joint total joint replacement surgery can complicate your condition and potentially increase symptoms, such as increased pain and stiffness, additional deterioration of your joints or weakening of the muscles surrounding your joint, leading to an increased need for physical therapy or rehab. In addition to physical symptoms, you may also be experiencing limitations in your quality of life. Our goal is for you to be able to perform activities of everyday life, go on long walks with your pets or loved ones, enjoy nature, and live your life to the fullest without pain or limitation.
At DMG, we are going above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of our patients, providers and associates. We continue to update our clinical protocols based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and other key health organizations. If you need inpatient or outpatient surgery, you can confidently know we have implemented the following steps and processes to ensure your safety every step of the way.
Surgical Safety Measures During COVID-19
- Pre-Surgery COVID-19 Testing – Patients are instructed to self-quarantine until the procedure and a COVID-19 test is required 72 hours in advance of your surgery in order to ensure you do not have the virus, even if you are not showing any symptoms. After testing, you will receive your test results and confirmation of whether or not your surgery will proceed as scheduled. Your temperature will be taken upon arrival at the surgical facility as a final precautionary measure.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – All medical providers and staff use appropriate PPE throughout the entirety of your surgical stay. You will be given a face mask to wear pre- and post-operation to help protect you and those who will be caring for you.
- Social Distancing – From pre-op to post-op, we implement social distancing measures for all our surgical patients. These tactics involve spacing of more than 6 feet from other patients in waiting areas, pre-operative rooms and post-operative recovery areas.
- Visitor Safety Protocol – For everyone’s safety, we ask that you limit your visitors to one family member or friend. This person will be asked to provide a staff member with a phone number at which they can be reached and then asked to wait for you in their car. Our team will call your visitor once the surgery is complete to share how it went and provide an opportunity to speak with the surgeon.
Same-Day Total Joint Replacement Surgery
We now perform same-day joint replacement surgeries at The Surgical Center of DuPage Medical Group. The Surgical Center is an ambulatory surgical center, meaning we can conveniently perform many outpatient procedures in a safe and comfortable environment outside of a hospital setting.
Will I receive the same care at The Surgical Center as I would at a hospital?
Yes, your care team is the same. Your surgeon and their staff will be present at your surgery, just as they would at the hospital. They are supported by a highly skilled and experienced Surgical Center team. You will even have a physical therapist there to help you safely leave our Center when heading home. Having surgery at an ambulatory surgical center may result in shorter surgery times, faster recovery, reduced risk of infection and cost savings.
Do I qualify for same-day total joint replacement surgery?
Not all patients are ideal candidates to have total joint surgeries on an outpatient basis. Your physician will consider factors like weight, other medical conditions and overall health before determining if you will be able to have same-day surgery. If you are interested, please reach out to your surgeon to further discuss this option.
Delayed surgery for joint replacements can potentially cause future pain and complications. Fortunately, with the variety of surgery options we have available and the safety measures we have put into place, you can safely receive joint replacement surgery, even during a global pandemic.
If you are experiencing joint pain, have questions or are ready to schedule your total joint replacement surgery, call 630−790−1872 to speak with a member of our Orthopaedics team today.