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Full recovery of elective orthopedic surgery in the age of COVID-19: an 8-month retrospective cohort study

  • Lou, Teng-fei1
  • Ren, Zun1
  • Sun, Zheng-hua1
  • Wang, Wei1
  • Fan, Cun-yi1
  • 1 Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital, 600 Yishan road, Shanghai, 200233, China , Shanghai (China)
Published Article
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Feb 24, 2021
DOI: 10.1186/s13018-021-02286-9
Springer Nature


BackgroundThe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to dramatic disruptions to orthopedic services. The purpose of this study is to quantify the reinstatement of elective orthopedic surgeries of our institution in Shanghai, China, and share our first-hand experiences of how this region is managing the post-outbreak period.MethodsThe number of patients receiving elective orthopedic surgeries was analyzed in the timeframe of 8 months since the start of the pandemic (from January 20 to September 16) and compared with the patients receiving the same treatment during the same period in 2019. And a detailed workflow for handling patients about to receive elective surgeries in the COVID-19 post-outbreak period was described.ResultsThe number of the selective surgeries in the first 3 months only accounted for 31.72% of the same period in 2019 (p = 0.0031), and the ratio reached 97.47% when it came to the last 5 months (p > 0.9999). The selective surgeries even surpassed the pre-epidemic level in months 7 and 8. And the difference of the surgeries was not significant in the whole eight observed months between 2019 and 2020 (p = 0.1526). No health care providers or hospitalized patients in orthopedic departments in Shanghai have been infected nosocomially.ConclusionsElective orthopedic surgeries have been fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic in our institution, and the new normalcy established during the post-outbreak period helped this region co-exist with the impact of the virus well.Trial registrationRetrospectively registered, registration number: ChiCTR2000039711, date of registration: November 6, 2020

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