A word to our patients about the COVID19 pandemic
I’d like to take a moment and share exactly where things are with all of you. Information and updates are essential during this ever changing challenge in dealing with COVID-19. To our patients who are post-op; we will see you in the clinic for your first, and annual follow-up visit. Should you be experiencing complications, we would ask that you come into the clinic as well to be seen. For patients who are in between those time periods, we will continue doing a tele-visit on the phone with you. This schedule will continue for at least a month, and then be reevaluated by the doctors.
To our patients waiting for surgery, all of you who have been approved by your insurance and are waiting to be scheduled, here is the latest information: If your hospital is St. Mark’s hospital, we are down to about 30-40 patients waiting to be scheduled. Our doctors are doing about 15 surgeries per week.
For LDS Hospital patients, we still have not received clearance to perform weight loss surgeries. There are currently 70-80 of our patient who are on the waiting list. I expect this hospital to allow us to begin surgeries sometime in June, however, surgeries will begin on a very limited basis.
This might not be the best news for you to hear, but my responsibility to you who are waiting is to paint a realistic picture of where things are, All of you who are waiting have been included on a weekly email list. Each Monday, you will be notified of where things are, and any updates that we have received.
I have shared this with many of you, but it’s so important to once again let you know. When the hospitals give us clearance to begin surgery we use TWO factors in who get scheduled next.
- Who has been waiting the longest
- Who fits into the scoring guidelines that the hospital has given to us
All patient are scored based upon risk factors, co-morbidities, age, respiratory issues, and type of surgery that they are having, etc. The hospital then gives us a score… let’s say 25. We then are only allowed to schedule patients under a score of 25. If you look at those things that are used for scoring, and know that you fit more in the “higher risk” category, you can probably assume that it will me months before you are called to be scheduled.
We are working diligently, and methodically. It is our hope that this information gives you an understanding of our clinic operations, as well as where we are at with scheduling. Take care of yourself.