24 Sep 2020

Painful wait: Covid exacerbates delays in elective surgery

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 24 September 2020
Arthroscope surgery. Orthopedic surgeons in teamwork in the operating room with modern arthroscopic tools. Hospital background

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Orthopaedic surgeons are concerned about the backlog of people waiting in pain for surgery after Covid forced cancellations earlier in the year. The Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons say 10-thousand patients had surgery cancelled during level 4 lockdown, and the catch up is still happening in a system that was already stretched. The Association's president Dr Peter Robertson joins Kathryn to discuss what he thinks could help prevent delays in elective surgery into the future.