February 2021 - COVID19 Vaccination and Surgery
Finally, there appears to be some light on the horizon and respite from the COVID19 pandemic. There are now a number of successfully tested vaccines which have gone through the regulatory process and are approved to be used in adult patients. In the UK, the vaccination drive has begun and I am proud to say that we are one of the leading examples globally. Whilst there are many problems with supply and uptake in other countries, the UK is now vaccinating almost 500,000 people per day with the most vulnerable in society near complete.
It is understandable that you may wish to know whether to get vaccinated prior to surgery and information around the vaccine and proposed treatments. There is excellent resources available on the Royal College of Surgeons website which can be found here.
We are happy to discuss with you whether or not to delay vaccination or surgical treatment. In most cases, surgery can proceed within one week of vaccination. The timeframe is so not to confuse any potential mild reaction you may have from the vaccination with post-operative effects. There is no interaction with anaesthesia or the surgery itself.
I have been heavily involved in global surgical research around COVID19 and Surgery. We have learnt many lessons in the last year but we have also been able to leverage experience from around the world to provide the safest conditions for your surgery. We will do everything possible to ensure you have a safe and reassuring journey through your treatment.
I look forward to speaking with you in the clinic.