The coronaviruses are a family of genetically similar viruses that are most common in birds and animals. When humans are infected with these types of viruses, the spectrum of symptoms can range from mild symptoms similar to the common cold to serious respiratory illnesses as seen in the previous SARS and MERS disease outbreaks. The disease process caused by the current coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is called Coronavirus Disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. The extent of the global spread of this virus has now created a pandemic.
For patients who have recently undergone surgery, there may be some concern about whether that increases a patient’s risk for contracting the virus. Given the extent of breast reconstruction surgery, exposure to general anesthesia, and the physiologic post-operative response to surgery, a patient’s immune system is likely under more stress than usual. This does not necessarily increase the risk of contracting the virus but should a patient become ill with COVID-19, the post-operative recovery may be complicated or prolonged.
We advise that you follow the CDC’s recommendations to prevent COVID-19 illness:
- Practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet apart from others in public places and avoid going to public places unnecessarily.
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds and using hand sanitizer.
- Avoid unnecessary travel and exposure to those who are ill or suspected to be ill with COVID-19.
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Breast Reconstruction Associates is committed to your health and safety, and we are doing our part to protect you. In our office, we are complying with the CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of illness and have increased our diligence in hygiene and sanitation. We have also rescheduled all non-essential office visits in order to limit your exposure to our healthcare facility and to other patients. Lastly, we are postponing surgical cases for the upcoming weeks in accordance with the order from the State of Texas in order to limit patient exposure and allow conservative use of personal protective equipment, ventilators and staff during this pandemic.
If you have a scheduled appointment with our office and are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, please notify our office before your appointment. We will guide you in the next steps regarding your symptoms and reschedule your appointment as appropriate. Our physicians and office staff are available during regular business hours. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our office. We are grateful for our patients, the opportunity to be a part of your care, and for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.