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We Are Open for Cosmetic Surgeries

Posted May 20, 2020 in Health

We offer our sincerest gratitude for the tireless efforts of essential medical workers everywhere who have weathered the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also thankful for all the members of our local communities who have respectfully complied with recommended stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines. It is the combined efforts of everyone that have helped flatten the curve and protect against an onslaught of hospitalizations.

As our communities carefully prepare to re-open, we at Dr. Taleisnik’s medical practice are pleased to announce that we are restarting elective surgeries! We have established a wide range of protective procedures to provide the safest possible environment for your care.

Is it Safe to Get Cosmetic Surgery in Orange County?

One of the main reasons that surgeries were suspended early in the COVID-19 crisis was to make sure that there was adequate hospital capacity to accept COVID-19 patients. Another concern was to ensure that hospitals have all necessary supplies, PPE, and equipment to deal with any potential spikes in COVID-19 cases, and that surgical centers could be in constant communication with hospitals. As patients recovering from surgery could also be at increased risk, it was recommended to temporarily postpone elective procedures.

In Orange County, the situation regarding these conditions is highly encouraging. Our hospitals are well-stocked, and our surgery center is prepared to accommodate patients. Social distancing in our communities has helped us limit the spread of the virus. Upon meeting these conditions, approval measures have been given for individuals to undergo elective surgeries once again. By adopting the following safety measures, we and our patients can safely resume these procedures as planned.

When is it Okay to Get Plastic Surgery Again in Orange County?

California’s Phase 2 reopening placed careful requirements on medical facilities prior to reopening. One condition was that hospitals must have sufficient supply levels and be able to indicate that they are prepared to handle any spikes in COVID-19 cases.

Our surgery center has met this condition and is now open for elective surgeries for low and moderate risk patients. Surgeries have already been going smoothly, and we look forward to continuing to offer surgical procedures to our patients in need.

Our Office Safety Procedures

At Dr. Taleisnik’s office, we employ the following safety measures for your protection:

  • Free telehealth consultations in addition to in-person consultations at our office
  • Full cleaning and sanitation of examination rooms between each patient
  • All patients are asked to wash hands in the exam rooms
  • All patients are encouraged to wear masks (mouth and nose coverings) while in the office
  • All personnel wash hands upon leaving and entering a room
  • All personnel in contact with patients wear face masks

More details about our office safety procedures can be found here.

For patients who are undergoing surgery, the following safety measures have been implemented at our surgery center:

  • All surgery patients will be tested for the COVID-19 virus 4 DAYS BEFORE the scheduled surgery date, after which the patient must shelter in place (self-quarantine at home) until arrival at the facility for surgery.
  • Upon admission, all patients will be screened according to CDC guidelines including temperature, health, and travel history.
  • Visitor limitations are one per patient, with social distancing.
  • All personnel and visitors entering the facility are screened and limited.
  • Personnel in operating rooms is limited.
  • All staff members and doctors are screened upon entrance to the facility, including temperature, masking, and social distancing.

Should I Wait to Get Plastic Surgery Because of COVID-19?

Given the careful safety and protective measures that have been put into place, and based on recommendations from the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), there is no widespread medical recommendation that patients should wait to get plastic surgery right now. Many patients can feel safe pursuing their elective medical care at this time. For higher risk individuals who are postponing their surgery date, Dr. Taleisnik is still available for consultations or examinations. These may be conducted either in person or through telehealth video conferencing (whichever helps the patient feels more comfortable).

Ultimately, the timing for your elective procedure is a personal decision. Even under normal circumstances, timing your surgery requires careful planning around your desired goals, health, lifestyle, and schedule demands. The situation should be carefully considered between you and your doctor. Dr. Taleisnik will be happy to discuss your case in detail and will work with you to help you come to an educated decision about what is best for you, your health, and your future.

In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about our safety measures and getting plastic surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to contact us anytime. We are confident that our safety measures will provide the necessary protection to ensure that all our patients have the best possible surgical experience and outcomes.

For more information or to schedule your appointment, please contact us at (714) 835-2825 or online. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the safe, quality medical care you need.