My husband, Dr. Asghar Husain, is an orthopedic surgeon. That means he fixes broken bones. He specializes in shoulder, elbow and knee injuries. He not only takes care of professional athletes but also children who fall off their bunk bed, older people who fall down and the usual weekend warriors.
For my husband and most orthopedic surgeons, the majority (90 percent in my husband’s case) of the surgeries he performs are elective. With the urgency of this coronavirus pandemic, hospitals have recently asked surgeons to stop doing all elective surgeries.
There are two reasons for that: 1) there aren’t enough supplies like masks and gloves to go around and 2) there are no beds if a patient operated on needs one; all are taken (and are running out fast) for patients infected with the coronavirus.
My husband had to phone the majority of his patients last week and tell them he could not operate on them for injuries such as torn rotator cuffs, meniscus and ACLs. Most of the patients were understanding, but some, who are in pain, are worried about waiting 30 days for surgery.
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