During the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with ankle arthritis may have their procedure postponed. And for those patients who did not have a scheduled procedure, this can mean rescheduled doctor or physical therapy appointments.
This abrupt change of events can be disappointing and unnerving, and can make some arthritis sufferers feel helpless. In addition to these emotions, some may still be experiencing pain and discomfort. While we are all practicing social distancing and staying home, here are a few ways you can manage your arthritis symptoms and stay well.
Remember that it is paramount to care equally for your body and mind during this time. In addition to symptom management, be sure to practice healthful behaviors at home:
As healthcare providers work to reopen and reschedule appointments, some patients awaiting or considering surgical procedures may still feel hesitant about returning to a healthcare facility. We also understand waiting for treatment might not be an option if you are in pain and eager to improve your quality of life.
To help you make an informed decision about scheduling your procedure, we wanted to make you aware of a joint statement from the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and the American Hospital Association regarding recommended guidelines for healthcare providers to safely resume elective procedures.
Questions to Ask Your Provider
We understand you might have questions or concerns. We have compiled some suggested questions you can ask your physician before rescheduling your procedure.
Visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons websites for more resources, and remember to always consult your physician about any specific questions or concerns you may have.
At Wright, we realize that facing the prospect of orthopaedic surgery can be daunting. The encouraging news is that our orthopaedic innovation provides hope every day for patients, such as yourself, struggling with pain; unable to live the active lifestyle you once did. We invite you to learn more so that you may take back your active life.
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