Ohio orthopedic group prepares for surgery backlog — 3 things to know

Angie Stewart -   Print  |

Cincinnati-based Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is preparing to address a backlog of cases in the wake of Gov. Mike DeWine's April 22 decision to loosen statewide elective care restrictions, according to local NBC outlet WLWT 5.

Three things to know:

1. The practice is implementing several safety measures before bringing patients in for surgery. It is temporarily closing small rooms where patients' families were previously able to watch surgeries, screening everyone who enters the facility, and installing plexiglass shields between each bed in the open recovery rooms.

2. Beacon President Peter Cha, MD, who is also an orthopedic surgeon, told WLWT 5 the practice would be ready for surgical patients within about a week of April 23.

"We were very happy Governor DeWine made the decision to lift the ban off of elective surgery," Dr. Cha said. "You have to weigh the function and the quality-of-life effects of not getting the surgery versus overutilization and putting a strain on the healthcare resources."

3. Beacon's 27 physicians practice across nine locations in the Cincinnati tri-state area.

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