What is your state's policy on elective surgery?

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Many states have mandated furloughs on "elective surgery" but definitions vary and guidance seems to mostly be referenced for ensuring stability of resources for the pandemic.

 

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Great link, @Mojo333. I've moved your post to it's own thread as I believe this is information that will be very useful to people as things start to open up. It appears the page will be updated periodically, so everyone can see what their state plans for those who need joint replacements or who have had their surgery postponed.
 
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For some reason, Georgia (my state) is not included in the list.
However, yesterday the governor did begin phase one reopening of some businesses and has decided to allow “elective surgeries deemed essential."
 

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May 6 is a tentative date for Nebraska to start up elective surgery again. We’ll see how that goes with the spikes in Covid cases all over, especially the meat packing plants. My hip surgery provider (Nebraska Med, UNMC, here in Omaha) is the biocontainment specialist of the area. They have converted other areas of the hospital for acute Covid patients and done other measures. As the rural hospitals become overwhelmed, we could anticipate transfers here and that might put a hold on the surgeries again. Time will tell. God bless us all. ❤
 

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NOTICE FOR BONESMARTIES:

I'm sure most of you have seen in the news that hospitals are beginning to open up again and schedule elective surgeries. Here's hoping if your surgery was canceled that you'll be receiving a call soon to reschedule.

Hospitals need the revenue from elective surgeries to survive. It's their main source of income! You can be sure that any hospitals opening back up will be diligently sanitizing in ways that they didn't do before. Everyone is hyper-sensitive to the need to do this in our new, post-COVID world. But, if you're at all concerned, ask what your surgeon and the hospital will be doing to keep you safe before, during and after your surgery. Also, you may want to register for this year's Joint Replacement Awareness Day (JRAD), as our surgeons will be talking about this and taking your questions.

The site that Mojo333 identified above has not updated since April 20, 2020 (as of today, May 6th), so I'm sure most states have more current data available. Hopefully this site will get updated soon so the state by state information can be located in one place.
 

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Noises coming out from the NHS that elective surgeries are to restart in the UK.
I saw a memo from NHS England this week that went to all Trusts indicating they should begin to transition areas back to address Trauma and Orthopaedics.

The BOA will be conducting a webinar on The Next Phase: Recovery of T&O Surgery next week.
 

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Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York just opened elective surgery, but NYC is still closed.
 

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Florida varies by county and by hospital. Florida is a very large state geographically and there are distinct differences among covid cases by county. Hospitals in selected counties (based on low or zero covid numbers) must agree to serve residents of nearby assisted living and nursing homes, if virus-related assistance is needed, and in exchange, can do a reduced number of elective surgeries (reduced number to keep beds available for potential covid patients). Also, dentists in select counties can re-open their practices, but they must agree to turn their practice facility and md staff into a covid treatment, staffed site should that become necessary.
 

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Texas is starting to go backwards and closing elective surgeries down again. Originally was four of the larger counties (cities like Dallas, San Antonio, Austin) on 25 June and today the Governor has added six more counties. Not looking pretty.
 

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Unfortunately I found out yesterday that they've added an additional 100 counties to the list stopping elective surgeries. While we are a very big state and have 254 counties that puts us at almost half of the state. :flabber:
 

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