Thousands of procedures in the county have been postponed by physicians since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered a halt to non-emergency surgeries to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. “In the middle of March, we basically told patients, ‘You’re going to have to wait six to eight weeks while we prepare the hospitals for a potential tsunami of critically ill patients,’ which we’re lucky did not appear,” said Kevin J. Gibbons, MD
, senior associate dean for clinical affairs, associate professor of neurosurgery
and executive director of the UBMD Physicians Group. Many surgeons who perform procedures in outpatient centers also handle the same surgeries on higher-risk patients in hospital operating rooms. Leslie J. Bisson, MD
, June A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD, Professor and Chair of orthopaedics
is among those eager to resume them. “These are patients who are suffering,” he says.