COVID-19 and Surgery

Recently, I’ve been looking into universities that I’m considering studying at in 2021 and whilst I was doing this, I found an article on the University of Birmingham’s website about how surgical patients who had been infected with the Coronavirus experienced significantly worse outcomes post-surgery.

All types of surgery: elective, emergency, minor (e.g. hernia repair) and major (e.g. hip surgery) had disproportionately high mortality rates in patients who had/have the virus in comparison with those who don’t.

It’s a normal expectation that patients having minor or elective surgeries would have a less than 1% chance of death, but this is not the case for those with the virus. Not only this, the mortality rates were greater for Covid-19 patients than those reported in extremely high-risk patients prior to the pandemic.

It definitely didn’t some as much of a surprise to me that patients with Covid-19 would have higher mortality rates post-surgery, the seriousness of the disease isn’t unknown (despite some people behaving like it is). However, I didn’t expect them to be quite so high in comparison to those without the virus.

This study is the first piece of evidence that discusses the impact of Covid-19 on surgery, in particular. Personally, it was a quick read that gave me more of an insight into the impact of the virus on something that I hadn’t thought about before.





Aneel Bhangu and Dimitri Nepogodiev, Co-AuthorsĀ  (29th May 2020)

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