COVID-19 and elective surgeries: What Illinois patients can expect once they resume

Ji Suk Yi

FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 file photo, a surgeon directs a special camera to be able to view his patient’s cancer tumor on monitors while performing surgery at a hospital in Philadelphia. As the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads, many cancer surgeries are being delayed, stent procedures for clogged arteries have been pushed back and infertility specialists were asked to postpone helping patients get pregnant. In March 2020, doctors in virtually every field are scrambling to alter care. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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To deal with the coronavirus, elective surgeries were put on hold out of an abundance of caution. Dr. Jonathan Maks from Amita Health joins Ji to explain what qualifies as elective surgery and what patients can expect once elective surgeries resume. Also, Dr. Maks gives us an update about the possibility of a second wave of the virus.

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Born in South Korea, Ji Suk Yi immigrated to the U.S. when she was almost five years old. She had an eclectic childhood— a fusion of Southern and Korean American culture. She’s called Chicago home since 2006. (Click for more.)
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