Surgical procedures being performed now due to COVID-19 restriction changes
Dr Lewis Blennerhassett is continuing to perform emergency procedures, and some elective procedures at this time.
According to the Government Guidelines, elective surgery can take place if it is Category 1 (Surgery which needs to take place within 30 days to avoid an adverse outcome) or Category 2 (surgery which should take place within 90 days to avoid an adverse outcome).
Some Category 3 surgical procedures are also allowed at this time, such as IVF, procedures for patients under 18 years of age, joint replacements, cataracts and a few others.
From a Plastic Surgery perspective, this means that there has been a slight loosening of the restrictions on which procedures can be performed.
At the moment, as well as continuing with emergency surgery and cancer surgery, we are also starting to perform hand surgical procedures such as Carpal Tunnel Surgery and Dupuytren’s Surgery.
Regarding Cosmetic Surgery, at this time we are still restricted and are not able to perform the bulk of these. There are some exceptions, such as the occasional patient who requires Breast Reduction because of significant pain.
However, at this time, Facelift surgery, Rhinoplasty, Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery, Abdominoplasty, Liposuction and Cosmetic Breast Surgery are not currently permitted by Government Guidelines.
Please note that the Government has not specifically listed every operation that we perform with a yes/no guideline. What they have done is ask Healthcare workers to exercise their judgement of clinical grounds as to which procedures that they perform. This gives us some scope in exceptional circumstances to perform procedures that otherwise may not be permitted.
Subiaco Plastic Surgery
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