COVID-19

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Additional COVID-19 Precautions for your Appointment:

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ADDITIONAL COVID-19 Information for Surgery:

By accepting your surgery date you agree to the information in the COVID consent form

All patients are asked to self isolate and/or practice physical distancing for 7 days prior to their surgery date. Information on how to self-isolate may be found at https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx

What You Should Know about Covid-19 and Elective Surgery:

  • It is recommended that patients not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 should self-isolate for the 7 days prior to surgery and for the 7 days after surgery, and that fully vaccinated patients should continue to practice social distancing, wear masks in public and wash hands frequently in this perioperative period
  • Patients infected with the coronavirus at the time of surgery are at higher risk of developing severe post-operative complications.
  • These complications are much more common in patients over the age of 60, those with one or more medical co-morbidities (such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and heart and lung disease), and those undergoing major surgery.
  • The vast majority of surgeries performed by the Banff Sport Medicine team are not considered major.
  • Patients infected with the coronavirus who are undergoing a general anesthetic, as compared to regional anesthetic (such as a spinal anesthetic or nerve block), may spread the virus more easily to health care workers in the OR and may be at higher risk of pulmonary complications.
  • Social isolation and wearing masks are effective in limiting the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

What You Can Do to Limit the Risk of Covid-19 Complications after Elective Surgery During the Pandemic:

  • Notify our office pre-operatively if you have developed Covid-like symptoms or have been a close contact with someone who has Covid-like symptoms or have recently returned from international travel.
  • Consider performing a Rapid Covid-19 test within 48 hours prior to surgery, especially if not fully vaccinated or if you are older than 60, especially if you have medical co-morbidities and are undergoing a larger operation such as knee multiligament reconstruction or tibial and femoral osteotomy.

The Banff Sport Medicine Team