Delayed elective surgical procedures because of COVID-19 resulted in more emergency department (ED) visits and the need for urgent interventions for gallstone disease but not inguinal hernias, this Canadian study finds.
Researchers identified 74,709 elective cholecystectomies and 60,038 elective inguinal hernia repairs. During COVID-19 first and second waves (March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021):
The researchers concluded that a more than 20% reduction in elective surgical procedures and an increase in urgent cholecystectomies suggest a rebound effect secondary to the COVID-19 generated surgical backlog. The backlog will have a varied downstream effect with significant implications for surgical recovery planning, they say.Read More >>