Broken bones and other orthopedic issues are very common injuries, with widely available treatments. In recent months, however, COVID-19 has changed the way you receive medical care. Now instead of a quick trip to the doctor, you need to wear a mask, answer questions, and have your temperature taken.
At University of Toledo Physicians, we care about your health, along with that of our staff and our other patients. Dr. Nabil Ebraheim is a skilled orthopedic doctor who treats your injuries while still adhering to pandemic guidelines. We make your orthopedic care a priority, no matter what the issue.
How has COVID-19 changed orthopedic care?
Since the global pandemic started, the healthcare world has been turned upside down. If you’ve needed any kind of medical treatment, you know how COVID-19 has changed the protocols at most medical facilities. But how has it specifically changed your orthopedic care options?
The truth is, orthopedic facilities like ours experienced a lot of changes since the pandemic hit. Along with increased safety protocols like masks and screening of all patients and employees, we’ve also amped up disinfecting techniques.
One of the bigger challenges for orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Ebraheim occurred when most elective surgical procedures were postponed. In the world of orthopedics, elective surgical procedures may include:
These are only a few of the conditions that sometimes require surgical treatment. If your surgery was cancelled, it was done not only for your safety, but also to save beds and supplies for the potential influx of COVID-19 patients.
Another change to your orthopedic care is the introduction of telehealth visits, instead of the in-person care that you’re used to. Of course, not all conditions can be treated with phone or video appointments, but they can provide Dr. Ebraheim with the information he needs to see if you warrant further care at our facility.
Changes to orthopedic surgery have also taken place for elective procedures. If you do require surgery for your orthopedic injury, you can expect to be either tested for the virus several days prior to your procedure. You'll also have your temperature taken and a COVID-19 questionnaire the day of surgery to make sure you don't have any new symptoms or illness.
The staff at our facility, among most others, have also had to adhere to strict guidelines and now wear personal protective equipment like masks, gloves, and gowns to reduce exposure and contamination. But keeping our patients safe is also reliant on your knowledge of symptoms that may signal a red flag.
Symptoms you should report before your visit
Although our facility is practicing increased precautions to keep you and our staff safe, it’s important for you to report any symptoms of illness or change in your health before coming in, to ensure the safety of all our patients.
This virus has a very diverse range of symptoms, and these symptoms may present anywhere from 2-14 days after you’re exposed to someone with COVID-19. You may only experience mild illness, whereas others may have much more severe symptoms. Here’s a list of signs you should report to our staff before you come in:
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Loss of smell or taste
These symptoms may mimic symptoms of the common cold or flu; however, it’s very important that you report even the slightest change to your normal health care provider. COVID-19 may also produce more serious symptoms that you should seek care for right away. These symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness or pressure
- New onset of confusion
- Inability to stay awake
If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, you should call 911 right away and get medical treatment as soon as possible. Your continued vigilance in staying home and reporting symptoms helps to stop the spread of the virus so that we can hopefully see healthcare, and life, get back to normal one day.
Injuries don't stop because of a pandemic, so if you need treatment, call our office at 419-383-3761, or book a consultation online today. You can also get more information about orthopedic injuries on our YouTube channel.