The surgical care of gynecologic patients during the COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges to patient and community safety, and to physicians and operating room personnel. Eight organizations, including the American Urogynecologic Society, came together to make the following recommendations to protect patients and providers during minimally invasive surgery.
- The COVID-19 status of every patient should be evaluated by pre-operative screening on the day of surgery, including history, physical exam, and patient questionnaire regarding symptoms and exposures.
- COVID-19 testing may be needed prior to surgery.
- Health care workers may wear additional protective gear.
- The number of people in the operating room should be limited.
- Providers will follow recommended procedures to minimize transmission risks.
Read the full statement here: Joint Statement on Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic from AAGL, AUGS, IGCS, SGO, SGS and CanSAGE