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Doctors, patients all worry as ‘elective’ surgeries continue to get pushed

Elective operations across New York State have been canceled. It was an effort to help hospitals stay ready for COVID-19, and push resources that way if needed.

As the state begins to plateau, and potentially pass it’s apex – questions loom.

Bill Keller is a former U.S. Marine. He’s suffering with glaucoma, and had developed cataracts in both of his eyes, according to 13WHAM. It’s impacted his ability to see.

“He’s not able to watch television. He’s not able to read,” said his wife, Cindy. “It’s just very, very difficult for him to do day-to-day activities when you don’t have your sight.”

He was scheduled to have surgery in March to improve his sight. When the executive order was issued – the surgery was canceled.

“God forbid that you have something that a doctor can’t fix. Well I have something a doctor can fix but can’t fix right now. After a few more weeks, maybe they will be cutting a prescription for a white cane,” he said.

Doctors worry that surgery shutdown could mean even more issues down the road for patients and locum tenens surgeons. Especially those who are aging, or already in a vulnerable state.



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