Research Article
Volume 12 Issue 2 - 2021
Evolving Practices in Elective Arthroplasty during COVID-19 Pandemic: Experience at Tertiary Care Centre in India
Rajendra Kumar Kanojia1, Aditya Kaushal2 , Himanshu Bhayana3* and Akash Ghosh4
1Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
2/sup>Senior Resident, Department of Orthopaedics, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
3Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
3Junior Resident, Department of Orthopaedics, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
*Corresponding Author: Himanshu Bhayana, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India.
Received: December 09, 2020; Published: January 29, 2021


Background: COVID-19 has emerged as an unprecedented threat to humanity, with a major lifestyle impact in 2020. Not only has this impacted the structure and functioning of emergency healthcare system tremendously, but also elective surgeries such as arthroplasties. We analysed data retrospectively from hospital records from our centre for the lockdown period in our country and compared it with data from the previous year, as well as with some available international data, to see if there was a major change in the trend and management of arthroplasty in our region.

Materials and Methods: For a period from 1 June 2020 to 15 August 2020 during which some conditional relaxations in lockdown were granted, we collected data from our tertiary care hospital which was contrasted with data from similar time frame in 2019. We looked at patient demographics, indications, number of hip and knee arthroplasty, and management protocol changes.

Results: Although the indications and patient profile in 2020 during COVID-19 time and in similar time period in 2019 showed no significant variation, there was a reduction in the number of arthroplasties performed in 2020.

Conclusion: Preserving HCW (health care workers) and medical facilities for our fight against the COVID-19 crisis is the need of the hour, yet we should be aware of the potential raise in challenges and patient load regarding the unmet need of arthroplasty in the immediate future.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Pandemic; Arthroplasty; Elective Surgery; Practices; Phased Return


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Citation: Himanshu Bhayana., et al. “Evolving Practices in Elective Arthroplasty during COVID-19 Pandemic: Experience at Tertiary Care Centre in India”.EC Orthopaedics 12.2 (2021): 37-47.

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