Resumption of Elective Procedures

As we re-open our doors and resume operations, ensuring the safety of our staff, patients and their caregivers remains our highest priority. We know many of you are eager to reschedule appointments and procedures, but we also understand many patients may still feel hesitant about returning to a healthcare facility. While each patient should do what they feel most comfortable with, we also understand delaying treatment might not be an option if you are in pain or experiencing mobility issues. For patients looking to schedule appointments or procedures, we want to reassure you that we have implemented a number of measures to protect your health and safety. 

We are taking steps to safely resume elective procedures in accordance with guidelines outlined by a joint statement from the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses and the American Hospital Association. We are making sure that every procedure we perform adheres to the following protocols to protect the safety of patients, caregivers and our staff:

  • Routinely sending patients out for COVID-19 testing pre-operatively.
  • Taking the temperature of all our patients before they enter the office.
  • Ensuring all of our staff and patients has adequate access to masks and hand sanitizers.
  • Adhering to sanitation and cleaning protocols consistent with CDC guidance for reducing transmission of COVID-19 from surfaces. 
  • Implementing a social distancing policy for staff, patients and patient visitors in non-restricted areas in the facility, which meets the local and national recommendations for community isolation practices.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We understand that you may still have questions or concerns. We encourage you to review this list of FAQs before scheduling an appointment to familiarize yourself with the safety measures we are taking. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 805-482-0711 to speak with a staff member.

  • How do you determine if a procedure is safe to perform? What is required of the physician, the facility, and the patient in order for the procedure to be deemed safe to perform?

Before it was based on urgent or emergent basis, but now all elective surgery is open to be scheduled. The doctor has to fill out forms describing why the procedure needs to be performed and the only thing the patient is required to do is to be screened for COVID-19 by getting a nasal swab pre-operatively 2-3d before the procedure. This is required of all patients at all surgicenters and hospitals.

  • Has your facility seen a decrease in patients admitted for COVID-19 infection? 

We have been fortunate to hear that none of our patients have been admitted for COVID-19 infection.

  • Will my procedure be performed in close proximity to COVID-19 patients?

No, you will not be in close proximity to COVID-19 patients.

  • Does your office have the appropriate amount of PPE to ensure that both the staff and patients will be protected from COVID-19?

Yes, we have plenty of PPE for staff and patients who don’t bring their own PPE.

  • When it comes to testing for COVID-19, what is your policy? Will I be tested for COVID-19 before my procedure? Will my physician undergo testing before operating?

You don’t need to be tested to enter the office, but if you need a procedure done at the hospital or surgicenter, you will need to get tested for COVID-19. The doctor will not get tested for every procedure. The doctor has already been tested and due to his diligence in following protocol has tested negative for COVID-19. 

  • If my procedure requires an overnight stay at your facility, how will that be impacted by COVID-19?

You will be closely monitored during your stay at the hospital and tested is repeated based on symptoms, you will be in an area where non-COVID patients are.  

  • Is there a safe space within the facility for my caregiver to wait for me as I undergo my procedure? Will they be allowed to see me in pre- and post-op?  If necessary, will my caregiver be given PPE to protect themselves from COVID-19?

In the office unless absolutely necessary, the caregiver will stay in the car while the patient is being treated. At the surgicenter, the same situation exists. The caregiver will stay in the car or come back when the procedure is done. They are not allowed to stay at the surgicenter waiting room. At the hospital, there is a designated waiting area for family and caregivers. For the office, if you don’t have any PPE, we will provide one for you to wear but we do ask that you bring your own PPE.