Selective surgery may be delayed due to overwhelming NSW hospital system

In New South Wales (NSW), Australians may cancel selective surgery as hospitals struggle to deal with hospitalization with COVID-19.

Susan Pierce, Deputy Secretary of Health for New South Wales, said Friday whether the government would resume non-urgent elective surgery in New South Wales “depends heavily on what happens with hospitalization.” rice field.

Non-urgent surgery includes gallbladder removal, cataract surgery, some types of cancer surgery, and total hip arthroplasty.

The issue will be elaborated in a mid-February review, the Secretary-General said, “next week or two will be important in making a decision.”

Australia’s most populous state on January 7 recorded more than 38,600 COVID-19 cases, including more than 1,730 hospitalizations and 134 ICU patients, resulting in all non-urgent elective surgery. It has been paused.

“Interrupting surgery and making people wait longer is never what we want to do,” Pierce said.

She added that the surgery would be “absolutely” resumed, but authorities said “it can’t be called yet.”

Meanwhile, Alexis Wolfe, CEO of Australian Endometriosis, said many people “keep the surgery date” and “look forward to possible relief” with the surgery.

“It’s getting farther away from them,” Wolff said.

Waiting time for endometrial surgery in a public hospital has been extended by 18 months, Wolff said. Complex cases that require patients in the community or multiple surgeons can even extend queue time even further.

The longer the non-urgent surgical interruption, the more patients will need other types of treatment and the longer the waiting list, said Sally Langery, President of the Royal Australian Surgery University.

Langley emphasized that, despite its name, selective surgery is “an essential surgery to treat people in critical conditions that cause pain, illness, or worsening.”

She said the surgeon wants more non-urgent surgery to continue as the country has seen surgery discontinuation in the last two years. She said these surgeries allowed people to heal.

Daniel McMullen, president of the Australian Medical Association of New South Wales, said many of the elective surgery procedures were done to relieve symptoms, and delayed access to surgery could cause patients to complain of pain. Stated.

“There are quite a few people who have been waiting longer than they have been waiting for surgery. They are now in pain or in a condition that can get worse,” she said.

“We hope there may be a return to elective surgery on the card.”

Last year, following the deregulation, NSW Health set a 75% cap on non-emergency selective surgery at night in public and private hospitals in New South Wales from late October to early November. ..

AAP contributed to this report.

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based Vietnamese reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]