J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2021 Feb 4. Epub 2021 Feb 4.
From the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (Zangrilli), Department of Orthopaedics, Stratford, NJ, and the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute at Thomas Jefferson University (Hameed, Chisari, Vannello, Courtney, and Krueger), Philadelphia, PA.
Introduction: Although the pause in elective surgery was necessary to preserve healthcare resources at the height of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, recent data have highlighted the worsening pain, decline in physical activity, and increase in anxiety among cancelled total hip and knee arthroplasty patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of our staged reopening protocol and the incidence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) among elective arthroplasty patients.
Methods: We identified all elective hip and knee arthroplasty patients who underwent our universal COVID-19 testing protocol during our phased reopening between May 1, 2020, and July 21, 2020, at our institution. Read More