At Treace Medical Concepts, patient safety and well-being has always been our top priority. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our communities, many elective surgeries are being postponed to ensure the proper medical staff and resources are available to care for affected patients.
While this is a necessary step to help address the situation, we realize this can be disappointing news to many who are suffering from bunion pain and are seeking relief through surgical intervention.
However, there are some valuable things that you can do during this time to prepare for Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.
Can I still consult with a Lapiplasty®-trained doctor during this time?
The good news is, yes. Many doctor’s practices remain open with increased precautions for in-person appointments and others are even equipped with telemedicine systems for “virtual visit” consults, so that you don’t have to leave your home to visit with a doctor.
Doctors offering “virtual visits” will provide simple instructions on how to set it up and how, in most cases, it will be covered through your insurance. In some instances, doctors may even simply discuss and review photos / x-rays live with you through an app like FaceTime or Skype, over the phone, and/or through email. With increased downtime, this can be a convenient first step to better understand your bunion problem and get an initial evaluation with a doctor.
Are any Lapiplasty® Procedures being performed during this time?
Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ is performed in an outpatient surgical setting, meaning it doesn’t require a hospital stay. So, in some cases, though hospitals may be restricting elective surgeries, they may be still taking place at local surgery centers.
With the ever-evolving nature of the situation, it’s important to ask your doctor what restrictions he/she may be experiencing related to operating room (OR) access. Many doctors who are experiencing restrictions are still scheduling procedures, they are just scheduling them further out to ensure that patients get their place in line in their growing “surgical queue”.
What happens when the temporary ban on elective surgery, related to the COVID-19 situation, is lifted?
An important thing to consider: once the restrictions on elective surgery are lifted, there will be a backlog of patients vying for open surgical slots. This is particularly important for procedures with high patient demand like Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™, which has seen over 100,000 patient searches for Lapiplasty® doctors already in 2020.
For this reason, if you are suffering with bunion pain and require relief, consider working with your doctor to “put yourself in the surgical queue” and try to reserve a surgical slot sooner rather than later. Working with your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ can also help your doctor and the local hospitals/surgical centers more effectively plan for the upcoming demand in elective surgical cases.
During these trying times, it is important to remember that while surgeries may be delayed for the greater good of our communities, there are still some things that you can do to research and prepare for the Lapiplasty® Procedure.
If you are interested in the benefits that this procedure can bring to your life, we encourage you to educate yourself on the procedure via our website; find a locally-trained doctor for an in-person or “virtual visit” consult; and, if possible, secure a surgical date to ensure that you have a place in the surgical queue once the ban is lifted. Please reach out to us or your doctor with any questions you may have. We wish you good health.