The question: My knee replacement surgery was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m not sure when it will be rescheduled. The pain in my knee is excruciating. What am I supposed to do in the meantime?
The answer: You’re certainly not alone. Many elective – or non-emergency – procedures were put on hold when hospitals cleared the decks to make way for COVID-19 patients during the various waves of the pandemic.
And patients waiting for knee and hip surgery were disproportionately affected by these delays, says Dr. Mohit Bhandari, president of the Canadian Orthopedic Association.