What you should know before you book that appointment
We understand the concern that many of our patients feel by the thought of scheduling an elective procedure during COVID-19. For that reason, we’re taking a minute to review our policies and share what Dr. Sterling’s patients should expect before scheduling their procedure.
Here are our top three most frequently asked questions and our responses, which will hopefully put your mind at ease and put you on our calendar!
What has your office done to protect patients who schedule elective surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic?
As you’ve likely experienced elsewhere, all patients are required to wear masks before entering our building and the masks must remain in place for the duration of their visit to our office.
We also have screening checklists posted in our office and we take each patient’s vitals upon entry.
Once an elective procedure is scheduled, almost all patients are tested prior to surgery. This is a requirement. Patients with an upcoming elective surgery must present a negative COVID-19 test. Once tested patients are asked to quarantine, continue social distancing measures and avoid travel.
How do you reassure patients that it’s safe to pursue elective surgeries?
In addition to the measures listed above, we are committed to strictly following professional guidelines in our office and in the facilities where elective surgeries are performed.
Is there an ideal time to schedule an elective surgery?
An ideal time for a patient to schedule an elective surgery is when they are ready. This is true, regardless of COVID-19. Only you know when you’re ready to pursue an elective procedure. Our staff can help you schedule a conversation with Dr. Sterling and consult on best steps; ultimately, the choice of when to schedule your elective surgery is completely up to you.
If you have additional questions regarding how to safely schedule an elective procedure during COVID-19, please give our office a call for a consultation.