Hi everyone. The impact of the coronavirus in New York and New Jersey has been swift. I write this update from the “comfort” of my house, while trying to keep my three year old entertained and out of trouble. I am sure most of you are in similar situations.
In both New York and New Jersey, all elective surgery is currently on pause. The main reason for this is to help with social distancing and to conserve valuable resources. Every hospital that I work at is currently under stress as they try to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. At this point, most hospitals are above their normal capacity and have shut down their operating rooms to everything but emergent procedures.
In my practice, I am currently seeing new consultations via telemedicine. Follow up patients and emergent patients are still being seen. If you have been scheduled for surgery, you will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding!