COVID-19 safety requirements vary by country, state, and even county. Be sure to ask your surgeon what specific COVID-19 safety precautions they are taking to ensure your safety before, during, and after your surgery.
Below are some questions you can ask:
- What can I do to keep my risk of getting COVID-19 as low as possible before surgery?
- If I’ve had COVID-19 within the past few months, how long should I wait before having surgery?
- What do I do if I get a fever or a cough before my surgery?
- Should I stay isolated before my surgery?
- Is a COVID-19 test required before surgery? What kind of test should I get?
- Do I have to be vaccinated before surgery?
- Is it still safe to have elective surgery, as long as I don’t have COVID-19?
- How do you screen your staff for COVID-19? Have the staff and surgeon been vaccinated?
- Tell me about the protective gear that is used in the operating room.
- Can my family or friends come and see me after surgery?
- How will I receive post-op care teaching and instructions?
- What precautions should I take when I’m at home after surgery?
- Who can come to my post-operative visits?
You should feel comfortable with the steps your surgeon and the surgeon’s office take to ensure your safety. At The Aesthetic Society, we provide our members with a list of recommendations to help surgeons provide a safe environment for patients. We also keep our members informed on the latest news and statistics surrounding COVID-19.