Background There seems to be a general consensus in the current published literature on postponing elective, non-urgent surgery on COVID-19-positive patients. But so far no recommendations have been published on when and how to start carrying out elective, non-urgent surgery on COVID-19-negative patients after the epidemic peak. Objective: to determine the best approach for reintroduction of elective procedures during COVID-19 based on their preoperative screening by the respiratory scoring system. Methodology: retrospective chart review of patients who underwent bariatric surgery between March to June in 2020, during the pandemic of Covid 19. The study was conducted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in two different health institutions. Results: The total number of patients were 90. The mean age of the patients was 32.73 ± 7.81 years. Moreover, (n=36; 40.0%) of the patients presented with comorbidities. Only (n=1; 1.1%) of the patient was tested for Covid19 by RT-PCR before surgery and tested negative. Majority of the patients (n=80; 88.9% ) underwent Lap sleeve gasterecomy. Post surgery no patients developed any complications and none of them were admitted to the ICU. Post surgery only (n=2; 2.2%) of the patient were tested for Covid19 by RT-PCR and 100% tested negative. Conclusion: During COVID-19 pandemic before considering patients for elective surgery they should be screened. If their respiratory score is ≤ 3 indicating low risk of respiratory illness, elective procedures should continue. Strict precautionary measures should be followed and limited number of surgeries should be performed.
Safety of Bariatric Surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic, is there a need to screen low risk patients?
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Emad Aljohani, Fahad Almadi, Rami Basardah, Mohammad Banjar, Khadeejah Almufawez, Hamdi Tamimi; Safety of Bariatric Surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic, is there a need to screen low risk patients?. Int Surg doi: https://doi.org/10.9738/INTSURG-D-20-00021.1
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