Texas has lifted restrictions for the scheduling of "elective" procedures. While we ARE scheduling elective procedures at this time we are taking some extra precautions to protect our office staff and hospital colleagues. This is particullary important for an ENT surgeon that will be working in the upper respiratory tract where the viral load is thought to be highest.
All patients who choose to proceed with surgery should know that at this time there is additional risk to any procedure that we do. We are awaiting good medical data to inform us how significant this risk is. At El Paso Head and Neck Surgery we consider the guidelines outlined by the governor of the state of Texas, the unique guidelines of each hospital and surgery center at which we operate as well as the guidelines of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
These guidelines are changing frequently. Currently we are requiring each of our patients who are having surgery that is determined to be high risk to have COVID-19 testing within 72 hrs of the surgery. Subsequent to receiving negative test results they are required to engage in a strict self-quarantine until the day of their surgery to prevent the potential exposure to those providing their care.
You should thoughtfully counsel with your ENT surgeon to determine if now is the right time to proceed with surgery.