Is it safe to have surgery right now? Surgical procedures and hospitalizations for some conditions can’t wait—especially if you’re having a baby. But those with an elective surgery or procedure scheduled for 2020 may be wondering if COVID-19 has completely disrupted their plans. It doesn’t have to. Delaying or avoiding important medical procedures can result in unnecessary suffering, including additional damage to injured or diseased body parts and increased pain.

We’re all extra concerned about safety at this point, but you can rest assured that there are few places outside of your own home with as many protections in place to prevent exposure to COVID-19 as our hospitals. And, because we deal with infectious diseases on a daily basis, we are uniquely equipped to safely manage coronavirus.

Don’t take our word for it. Hear from Michael Maurer of Dallas, one of our amazing patients who trusted the experts at Medical City Las Colinas with his first-ever surgery during the pandemic.

An orthopedic patient shares his pandemic surgery experience

“Falling on my motorcycle was the last thing I expected to do during the pandemic,” Michael says. “Thankfully, there were no other vehicles or people involved—just me and my wrist. At first, I wasn’t sure how badly I was hurt, so I checked in to the CareNow Urgent Care near our house. They were great about getting me in right away and took extra precautions for COVID-19. They confirmed that my wrist was fractured and recommended I see a specialist.”

“I was referred to Dr. Carmelita Teeter, an orthopedic surgeon who also specializes in sports medicine. I’m an avid golfer, so that was a perfect fit. It was important to me to get as much function back in my wrist as possible.”

“This was my first surgery, so I was probably more apprehensive about having surgery in general than any concerns regarding COVID. From my first encounter with CareNow, through the office visit with Dr. Teeter, and then the surgery, I had full confidence in my care team. They are professionals and I knew that if they felt safe, I should too. My doctor did a great job of explaining the precautions that the hospital was taking to keep patients and caregivers safe.”

“The ‘what to expect’ video was also really helpful in giving me an idea of what the check-in process would be like. My wife drove me to the hospital and was able to stay during my procedure. She didn’t even have to go to the lobby or waiting room—she was able to stay in my private room while I was in surgery.”

“Getting ready for surgery, I had a full team of nurses and doctors—they called themselves the ‘pit crew.’ And with the same precision as a race-car crew, they made sure everything was ready to go.”

“The nurse called my wife directly with updates throughout the procedure, and then the doctor called her when the surgery was finished. Dr. Teeter reported, ‘Everything went great—he’s going to love it!’”

“I’m now on the road to recovery and looking forward to getting back to my golf game.”

Safety before surgery at Medical City Healthcare hospitals

Here are just some of the enhanced precautions we have in place to ensure that now—more than ever—you are in safe hands with us.

  • Surgical patients have their own designated entrances, treatment areas and care teams
  • Everyone—including physicians, nurses and other staff—must pass an entrance screening
  • We practice social distancing and universal masking in all public areas (children under 2 years of age are not masked)
  • Visitors are limited, screened and masked
  • We are passionate about providing a clean, germ-free environment
  • COVID-19 patients are isolated from other patients and non-COVID caregivers

Additional resources

At Medical City Healthcare hospitals, we are here to ensure you receive the care you need today for a healthier tomorrow.

If your health coverage has been impacted by COVID-19, we can help you find options that are right for you. Call our health insurance coverage hotline for free to speak to one of our helpful advisors.

(833) 541-5757

For COVID-19 diagnostic testing and antibody testing, as well as fast, convenient treatment for minor injuries and illness, find the CareNow Urgent Care clinic near you.

For more information about having surgery during the pandemic, including surgery FAQs and what to expect during your hospital stay, visit our Coronavirus Resource Hub.