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COVID-19 UPDATE

The Orthopaedic Trauma Service is committed to serving our current and new patients throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want you to know that your providers and their staff remain with you and your family during this period. Here are some options for care at this time - we are available to answer and address any concerns you may have.

Virtual Care Visit

All patients (NEW or ESTABLISHED) can make a virtual visit appointment or phone call with our providers. Call 617-726-9111 or call one of our surgeons’ offices directly. The virtual visit is a good way to evaluate new injuries or recurrent pain, and check-in with your provider about your current condition. Discussions about surgical options also can begin in this environment. Urgent in-person evaluations can be scheduled, if needed, based on these initial virtual visits. New patients must register (1-866-211-6588) before an any appointment can be made. You must enroll in Patient Gateway in order to have a virtual visit.

In-Person Clinical Care

For both patient and provider safety, the Orthopaedic Trauma Service has temporarily halted non-urgent in-person visits and converted all visits where possible to virtual visits or phone calls. We will continue to care for our patients with in-person clinical care when necessary (urgent issues). All patients will be screened on the phone and upon entering clinics for cough, shortness of breath, fever, and nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. Providers will then determine the best course of action for patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms.

Surgery

To comply with current federal and state regulations regarding COVID-19, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has canceled all surgeries except those deemed urgent. However, if you are considering surgery, we encourage you to consult with one of our surgeons through a Virtual Care Visit so that we can begin to evaluate your needs and schedule you for surgery on a later date.

Unfortunately, we do not know when hospital operations will return to normal to reschedule postponed surgeries and clinic visits. We will notify you as soon as possible. Until then follow federal, state and CDC guidelines. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all proceed together through this COVID-19 situation.


What to Expect

Patient care often begins in Mass General's Emergency Room. Here our staff works with a team of nurses, trauma coordinators and other specialists to direct the care of each patient.

After the trauma team has diagnosed and stabilized a patient's injuries, the patient may be admitted to the hospital. If orthopaedic surgery is required, one our our attending physicians will serve as the patient's surgeon. When this happens, the patient is brought to an operating room for repair of his or her injuries. Our attending physician and trauma nurses keep the patient's family regularly informed and involved in decision-making throughout the patient's stay. Patients who are seen, treated and released from our Emergency Department are encouraged to follow up with us in our Outpatient Trauma Clinic.

In our Outpatient Trauma Clinic, we also see patients with older injuries referred to us for treamtent and possible reconstructivon. We evaluate each patient, run any necessary tests and develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient. If surgery is required, the patient’s procedure is scheduled as soon as possible, based on the severity of his or her symptoms. Scheduling appointments for emergency and post-traumatic consultations at our outpatient clinic is easy.

Individualized, Comprehensive Care

In addition to our orthopaedic trauma professionals, our team collaborates with specialists from other clinical departments at Mass General, such as the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures patients receive outstanding treatment for all their conditions. We provide compassionate care for the entire person — not just his or her injuries.

A registered nurse also helps patients and their families manage the next steps in their treatment, whether recovery takes place in the home or at a facility such as Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

To assist patients and their families, we offer a complete range of resources at Mass General for long-term care, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social services
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Psychiatric services
  • Nutritional counseling


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