As Elective Orthopedic Surgery Resumes – Scerbo is Here for Your Pre & Post-Op Care
By Dr. Frank J. Scerbo, PT, DPT, CSCS //
As approved hospitals and healthcare facilities resume elective surgical procedures, patients who were sidelined by the Covid-19 virus can finally begin to schedule or reschedule, or be assessed for, orthopedic surgeries. At Scerbo Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, we know the wait has been frustrating for people living with painful joint and back injuries or disabilities. We applaud your patience and want you to know we are here for you, every step of the way, before and after your surgical procedure.
Remember, as I noted in last year’s June blog, the road to recovery shouldn’t wait until after surgery. We’ve designed a pre-operative or “pre-habilitation” program to help our patients have a great outcome after surgery. Pre-op physical therapy offers many benefits for patients, such as shorter recovery time and decreased need for inpatient rehab after surgery. Please give us a call when you have your surgery date to discuss your pre-op care.
Essential Safety Protocols
Hospitals and healthcare facilities are adopting rigorous protocols for reducing pathogen transfer during elective orthopedic surgery, including:
- Pre-screening of all patients, visitors, and staff
- Pre-testing for COVID-19 of all patients scheduled for surgery, and rescheduling of those who test positive
- Limitations on visitors and vendors
- The requirement for all staff to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Social distancing protocols and reminders
- Application of approved disinfectants upon all high-touch surfaces followed by the repeat electrostatic disinfection spray
- Portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter scrubbers
- Cleaning protocols for all common areas including nursing stations
- Extensive sanitization process and changing of all air filters and heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems including all ductwork and fans
Healthcare agencies recommend a minimized length of stay after surgery. Patients should be discharged home with instructions on how to perform self-directed care and exercises along with the monitoring of a physical therapist. At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation, we are prepared to help all our patients with their post-operative care and pain management.
We understand that proper post-operative rehabilitation is a critical step to ensure the most successful outcome possible. As a member of the HSS Rehabilitation Network, we provide rehab to their surgical patients from New York City. We also see many patients from Columbia Presbyterian in New York, Hackensack Meridian Health, Englewood Health, and Holy Name Medical Center among other orthopedics facilities in the metropolitan area.
After your surgery, Scerbo PT physical therapists are here to provide effective treatments that will optimize your physical function, mobility, and return to normal lifestyle activities.
Contact us today to schedule an evaluation assessment with one of our certified physical therapists.