Elective Surgery & Procedures

Elective Surgery at Catholic Health (PDF) - To ensure your safety, we encourage you to follow these guidelines for 14 days leading up to your surgery or procedure.

Post-COVID Elective Surgery at Catholic Health

Our patients’ health and safety always come first. As elective surgeries and non-emergency medical procedures resume at Catholic Health, please know our organization is taking every step possible to maintain the highest health and safety standards to protect our patients.

What is Catholic Health doing to keep patients safe?

At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, Catholic Health implemented a thoughtful strategy to maximize patient care and ensure patient safety. This includes the repurposing of our St. Joseph’s Hospital campus into a dedicated, COVID-only treatment facility, as well as the opening of a post-acute COVID-19 facility in Orchard Park, dedicated to recovering patients who are not well enough to return home. This has resulted in a separation of COVID-19 patients from most of our general patient populations.

In addition, we have implemented a process in each of our emergency rooms to keep suspected COVID patients separate from other patients arriving at the ER, until they have been diagnosed and triaged for treatment. Patients who test positive for COVID-19 are immediately sent to our COVID-19 Treatment Facility at St. Joseph Campus for care.

What extra safety measures are Catholic Health hospitals taking now?

To ensure our patients can safely undergo elective procedures, we have been working with the New York State Department of Health and county health organizations on policies and procedures for the post-COVID-19 environment.

All associates, including physicians, are screened for COVID-19 daily and wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

Healthcare workers assigned to elective procedures are not permitted to work in hospital COVID-19 zones, which are physically separate from the general patient population. (Note that some Catholic Health hospitals are not currently treating any COVID-19 patients.)

Patients undergoing elective surgeries are discharged as soon as safely possible, often the same day. Patients who are required to stay overnight are placed on a separate floor from COVID-zoned areas.

At each of our hospitals, Catholic Health is expanding already strict existing infectious disease cleaning protocols, adding another layer of deep cleaning to our disinfecting process.

How do I know I am healthy enough for elective surgery?

In addition to routine pre-surgical testing, all patients are tested for COVID-19 within one to three days of surgery. Patients are also screened the day of surgery for COVID-19 symptoms, and are provided with a mask for their safety.

Can family be at the hospital during my surgery?

Like all healthcare facilities in WNY, Catholic Health hospitals currently adhere to DOH and CDC recommendations to restrict visitation. Family and friends are not permitted to wait on premises for their loved ones’ surgery to be complete, with the exception of patients with cognitive disorders and children. In these cases, strict social distancing will be observed in the waiting room. Family members will be contacted after the patient’s recovery for pick-up. We also have iPads for patients to connect remotely with their loved ones.

To ensure your safety, we encourage you to follow these guidelines for 14 days leading up to your surgery or procedure:

Preoperative Surgery

Have questions or concerns regarding your upcoming procedure? Please contact your primary care physician or specialist.

For any other questions, please contact the HealthConnection Call Center at Catholic Health: (716) 447-6205 | HealthConnection@chsbuffalo.org