Desert Orthopaedic Center Safely Resumes Elective Surgery

The specialty-trained surgeons at Desert Orthopaedic Center have resumed elective surgery, or scheduled nonemergency surgery, for their patients. Since the state now maintains the proper level of health care resources, including personal protective equipment, ventilators, etc., Desert Orthopaedic Center offers elective and emergency surgical treatment and in-office care while continuing to follow health authority safety guidelines to protect their patients and staff. Patients in need of specialized bone, joint and muscle care are encouraged to call (702) 731-4088 to schedule a safe appointment at their offices in central, northwest or southwest Las Vegas or in their Henderson office. Telehealth appointments are also available.

“Surgery for nonlife-threatening conditions was halted in order to conserve the supply of personal protective equipment, which is what we use for every surgery,” says Desert Orthopaedic Center Practice President Dr. Chad Hanson. “Our supply of medical resources has been deemed more than adequate, and thereby, we are resuming surgery so area residents no longer have to wait for the advanced orthopaedic care they need.”

Desert Orthopaedic Center provides surgical care in the state-of-the-art operating rooms of their outpatient facility, the Desert Orthopaedic Center Surgery Center. Their surgeons and specialized medical staff strictly follow the latest and highest standards in patient safety and take extra precautions. The Desert Orthopaedic Center Surgery Center is fully licensed and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

The practice continues to adhere to the strict protocols they have in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their offices. These protocols extend to pre- and postoperative care in addition to the measures taken to keep operating rooms and equipment sterile. Desert Orthopaedic Center’s safety measures include:

  1. All exam rooms, tables, etc., are disinfected between patients.
  2. All commonly used surfaces are disinfected multiple times per day.
  3. A rigorous hand hygiene protocol is enforced for all providers and staff.
  4. They are screening all patients for symptoms. Those patients with symptoms will be asked to leave and reschedule their appointment and to contact their primary care physician or local emergency room for care and guidance. In the rare instance when the appointment is for musculoskeletal emergency/urgency, they adhere to rigorous Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health protocols designed to prevent transmission.
  5. All of their staff members are wearing face masks.
  6. Patients are encouraged to wear face coverings.
  7. Patients experiencing flu-like symptoms are being rescheduled.
  8. They are limiting the number of people allowed in their offices.
  9. They are restricting the number of visitors allowed to accompany a patient.
  10. Telehealth appointments are available for new and existing patients.

“We’re so proud of our state and community for working together to combat the spread of COVID-19 and support our local, front-line health care workers,” says Dr. Hanson. “These efforts have reduced the strain on our health system as much as possible, and we are excited to once again offer our patients safe elective surgical treatment to ease pain and help them regain their function and strength.”

While Desert Orthopaedic Center resumes scheduling patients for elective surgery as well as initial and follow-up appointments in their offices, their providers also offer telehealth visits to provide remote consultation for bone, joint and muscle problems. In the event of a fall or other accident, Desert Orthopaedic Center continues to offer same-day, in-office appointments to provide immediate care for urgent orthopaedic injuries, such as sprains, fractures or dislocations.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of Desert Orthopaedic Center’s experts, please call (702) 731-4088.