Recommendations for Gynecological Endoscopic Surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic
The presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to overwhelm health-care systems with numerous concerns around the safety of patients as well as health-care professionals. It is essential to allow for judicious use of resources and emphasize allotting maximum staff and resources to care for the affected. To this end, most centers are choosing to defer elective procedures and perform only emergency surgeries. The safety of all theater staff is of utmost importance, and the risks of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) viral transmission should be curbed when operating. In particular, there are concerns relating to the transmission of COVID-19 during gynecological laparoscopic surgery, arising from the possible generation of contaminated aerosols from gas leakage and the creation of smoke from the use of electrosurgical devices. The aim of this paper is to review the evidence available as of today for recommendations to follow while performing gynecological procedures.
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