May 29th, 2020
Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) has announced that it resumed elective surgeries at the Specialists’ One-Day Surgery Center (SODS), after having to pause surgeries in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details for the return to surgery include:
- A Covid-19 drive-thru testing site has been set up at the SODS Taft Road site only for scheduled surgical patients and pain management injection patients. Each patient will be tested 3 days prior to their surgery and with a negative test the surgery will proceed as scheduled.
- Physicians are reviewing each patient’s case and will determine surgical order based on medical necessity. SOS’ surgical scheduling team is working with patients who had their surgeries postponed and with patients who have been determined to need a procedure while surgeries were paused to schedule their procedures appropriately.
- A limited number of surgical rooms will be open to keep the total number of people in the building lower and reduce interaction among them. SODS will gradually increase the OR capacity over the next 4-6 weeks in order to maintain safe social distancing guidelines.
- All staff, patients, and others who enter the building must wear a face mask, keep appropriately distanced when necessary, and follow other sanitary guidelines.
SOS continues to follow guidelines from the CDC, the New York State Department of Health, and the American College of Surgeons, and is committed to keeping office procedures and operational decisions to help reduce the spread of the virus and keep the community healthy. Included in the measures are:
- Virtual Visits for eligible patients so they may remain at home while continuing their orthopedic care. Patients should contact our office to discuss if Virtual Visits are an option and can learn more here.
- SOS offices remain open for patient visits but with enhanced patient screenings and restrictions for those who are unwell, have severe underlying medical conditions, are immunocompromised, or otherwise at higher risk. Social distancing guidelines will be followed to help keep patients and staff safe.