The specialty-trained surgeons at Sports Medicine North have resumed elective surgery, or scheduled nonemergency surgery, for their patients. Since the state has begun easing the restrictions preserving the stocks of health care resources, Sports Medicine North offers elective and emergency surgical treatment and in-office care in accordance with the procedures and guidelines published by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to protect their patients and staff. Patients in need of specialized bone, joint and muscle care are encouraged to call (978) 818-6350 to schedule a safe appointment in Peabody at 1 Orthopedics Drive, 2nd Floor, in Beverly at 30 Tozer Road, Suite 201, or in Newburyport at 1 Wallace Bashaw Jr. Way, Suite 3001. Orthopedic telehealth appointments are also available.
“The state issued orders to stop surgery for nonlife-threatening conditions to conserve the medical resources such as personal protective equipment, which we use for every surgery,” says Dr. David Fehnel, board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Sports Medicine North. “Following the new order and necessary requirements from our Commissioner of Public Health, we are resuming surgery so area residents no longer have to wait for the advanced orthopedic care they need.”
Sports Medicine North provides surgical care in the state-of-the-art operating rooms of Beverly Hospital, Anna Jaques Hospital and Orthopedic Surgical Center of North Shore. Their surgeons and specialized medical staff strictly follow the latest and highest standards in patient safety and will take extra precautions. Additional patient screening processes will be enforced before scheduling and performing surgery.
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. Safety protocols practiced by Sports Medicine North include the following:
- Patients are required to wear face coverings.
- Staff members are disinfecting surfaces between patients.
- Patients experiencing flu-like symptoms or those who have been in contact with anyone with flu-like symptoms are being screened and rescheduled in advance of coming to the office.
- The practice is limiting the number of people allowed in their offices to only the patient and an immediate caregiver. All others must wait in the car.
- Telehealth appointments are available for new and existing patients.
- All of their staff members are wearing face masks.
- The practice has demarcated 6-foot standing distances between spots in their check-in line.
- The practice has removed chairs from the waiting room to promote safe social distancing.
“We are thankful and proud of our community’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our health system,” says Dr. Fehnel. “We are also incredibly grateful for the trust our patients have placed in us, and we will continue to work hard every day to ensure we provide exceptional orthopedic care to help our community stay healthy, active and strong.”
As Sports Medicine North resumes scheduling patients for elective surgery as well as initial and follow-up appointments in their offices, their providers also continue to offer orthopedic telehealth visits to provide remote consultation for bone, joint and muscle problems.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of Sports Medicine North’s experts, please call (978) 818-6350.