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How Hospitals Are Managing a Backlog of Elective Surgeries From COVID-19

Verywell In The Press

“The hospitals are backlogged and it’s difficult for the physicians who use hospitals to perform surgeries – ASCs, on the other hand, are up and running, increasing their volume.”- Dr. Paul MacKoul


Dr. Paul MacKoul discusses with VeryWell Health, how COVID-19 has effected the flow of surgery in hospital systems and the benefits of outpatient surgery centers. Free-standing surgery centers can help limit exposure to COVID-19. Smaller facilities with fewer healthcare employees allow for an easier, more thorough disinfecting process. An outpatient surgery center does not see emergency or walk-in patients which may prove ASCs to be a safer choice during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Whether elective surgeries are back on track depends largely on the community and facility resources in your area. If more people with COVID-19 are admitted into the hospital, a shortage of resources—staff, patient beds, and equipment—can cause a delay in elective surgeries.

During this time, the Center for Innovative GYN Care continues to offer office visits at our locations and telemedicine appointments to ensure the best and safest care for our patients. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 information page.

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