This study led by researchers at State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University, Brooklyn, finds that patients having major surgical procedures within 8 weeks of a COVID-19 infection have a substantially higher postoperative 90-day mortality, regardless of symptoms.
Analyzing data on 938 COVID-19 positive patient cases and 7,235 negative control patients from the Veterans Affairs COVID-19 Shared Data Resource from January 2020 through May 2021, the researchers found that 90-day mortality was similar in case and control patients when procedures were performed 9 weeks or longer after COVID-19 diagnosis.
They also found that 90-day mortality was significantly higher in case vs control patients when procedures were performed within:
When the interaction between case status and any symptom, respiratory symptoms, or fever were assessed, the researchers found no statistical significance.
The researchers concluded that the safest time to have a major surgical procedure after COVID-19 diagnosis is 9 weeks or longer.Read More >>