Elective surgeries resume at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla

The facility has a mandatory safety protocol where doctors will provide each patient with a COVID-19 test prior to a procedure.

News 12 Staff

May 20, 2020, 9:52 AM

Updated 1,468 days ago

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Outpatient ambulatory surgeries and medical testing have resumed at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
News 12 reported earlier in the week that hospital officials statewide were given the green light to begin performing elective surgeries again. Those types of procedures were put on hold back in mid-March due to coronavirus concerns.
Westchester Medical Center is one of the region's trauma centers, so doctors were still performing emergency and urgent surgeries throughout the pandemic. But people who were planning on procedures such as a knee replacement, or back surgery, or something that didn't require an overnight stay, had to wait because the COVID-19 outbreak brought those operations to a halt.
This caused quite a backlog but now patients can start rescheduling surgeries with their doctors.
At Westchester Medical Center, they have a mandatory safety protocol where doctors will provide each patient with a COVID-19 test prior to a procedure.
And then, each patient must follow stringent safety precautions to avoid possible infection before the procedure date itself.
"I would imagine they'll be some hesitancy from some of the patients about whether or not they should be coming back for their elective procedures, so it will be our job at the hospital and serve the community that we're doing it the right way," says Dr. Raffaele Milizia, Emergency Department Director at St. John's Riverside.
Doctors who have spoken with News 12 say they're anxious to get these elective procedures moving again because if they hold off too long the patient's condition could start to deteriorate.     
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