Surgery not associated with higher complications, deaths in Covid patients: Centre

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Surgery is safe in the present surge of Covid and not associated with higher chances of complications or deaths in infected patients, Joint Health Secretary Lav Agrawal said on Thursday.

Addressing a media brief, Agrawal said that the patients irrespective of Covid infection who need surgery need not to be denied surgical intervention presently in this Covid variant.

Highlighting an analysis of surgeries during the current surge in Covid OT Cases in AIIMS Delhi from December 20, 2021 to January 20, 2022, Agrawal said that of the total 53 surgeries during this period, 32 were administered regional anaesthesia and remaining 21 were given general anaesthesia.

Out of 32 cases, 26 cases were Lower Segment Cesarean Sections (LSCS). But, no complications during surgery and immediate post operative periods were found, he said. In other cases also, no deaths and and complications were reported, he underlined.

Among those who were administered general anaesthesia, major cases were serious like Laparotomy, Amputation, Bone flap removal and others. But, no respiratory problems and other risks during the surgery and post surgery have been noticed in clinical data of 21 cases, Agrawal said.

“Chest Xray of all 21patients were not suggestive of Covid in the peri-operative period, indicating no respiratory complications after general anaesthesia in Covid positive patients”, said Agrawal.

“Out of 21 patients, 4 deaths have been reported but none of them are either linked or aggrevated because of Covid-19. They are primarily due to other causes”, he stated.

Therefore, surgery is safe in the present surge of Covid and need not to be delayed where persons are infected or not with Covid, he said. However, he also added that Covid cases are on decline trends now but it has not gone yet so we need to continue Covid Appropriate Behaviour.

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