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Weekly Update: Is It Safe to Have Surgery?

As our clinic and hospitals resume normal care, many of our patients are wondering if it is truly a safe time to have surgery. After looking at the stats and assessing the risks, we have decided that currently, it remains safe for our patients to have elective surgery at local hospitals.

  • Thanks to excellent “flattening of the curve,” rates of positive COVID tests remain low in our community. For example, all Providence hospitals have been testing all women presenting to Labor & Delivery. The rate of positive tests has been 1% and there has only been ONE case of an asymptomatic person testing positive over the past few months.
  • All patients are tested for COVID prior to surgery, this decreases the risk to hospital staff, and the risk of spreading infection in the hospital. If you are planning a surgery, you will be tested at a drive-thru facility 2-3 days prior.
  • Visitors remained limited at all hospitals. Patients having surgery may have 1 visitor.
  • All staff, visitors, and patients are masked during their time in the hospital.
  • Some epidemiologists are predicting a “second wave” of COVID this fall or winter. There is a risk elective surgeries may again be limited if this does occur, so we would not recommend waiting.

If you are considering surgery, but are unsure about scheduling during the COVID pandemic, please do not hesitate to reach out to your physician, Dr. Salisbury or Dr. Zaander.
We remain available for you! All visits are now being scheduled, including annual well-woman exams. Schedule your in-office visit Tues, Wed or Fri, or your TeleMed visit Mon or Thurs. Our phones are answered 9 am-5 pm, but you can schedule 24/7 at

Drs Salisbury and Zaander and staff

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