The devastating second wave of Covid-19 is on its downward spiral in most parts of India. This wave started in the first week of April and by the end of May it was under reasonable control. This was achieved mainly due to the lockdowns imposed in most parts of the country. Now that the country is slowly reopening, talks are already underway for the imminent arrival of the third wave. Many estimates suggest that the third wave is going to hit the country in the months of August – September.
The patients who are suffering from other problems like Back Pain, Gall Stones, Ano-rectal diseases, Uterine Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, Cataract, Kidney Stones etc had a bad time in the last 15 months. They were neither able to go to the hospitals nor get personal consultation from the doctors. The hospitals were overburdened with covid patients and had no beds left for the other patients. The fear of contracting covid at these hospitals was also weighing in the minds of these patients. They have been postponing their treatment for far too long. The condition of many patients who require surgery is deteriorating. There is a small window of about 30-45 days during which these patients should get the surgery done before the onset of the 3rd wave of Covid.
The patients who can still postpone their surgical treatment should immediately get physical examination done by their doctor. This is the time when there are almost no covid patients admitted at most of the hospitals and the OPD’s are fully functional. Alternatively the patients can go to the clinics of the doctors which are covid safe. Many of these clinics have been functioning even during the peak of the pandemic. Leading Spine Specialist Dr Sudeep Jain who has been operating through his clinic in New Delhi says that `Ignoring back pain and postponing the treatment for long can take away the option of non-surgical treatment for many spine patients. We have been operational throughout the pandemic and giving physical and video consults to our patients from all parts of the world. This has helped many patients who could not travel to Delhi due to the lockdowns and travelling restrictions. Patients whose surgery cannot be postponed any longer should utilize this small window and get the treatment done at the earliest.’
Other patients who have experienced the problem for the first time during the pandemic should get clinical examination at the earliest and start the treatment. If and when the 3rd wave strikes, your doctor would be aware of your condition and can provide follow-up treatment through video and phone consultation. The pandemic is here to stay until significant population is vaccinated and there would be 4th, 5th and many other waves of the virus.
Vaccination is the key to keep the Corona virus at bay. Get yourself vaccinated at the earliest even if you get the first dose. Postponing the treatment for long period of time can make the treatment expensive and less successful. So far it was not in your hands as the conditions forced you to stay locked in. Utilize this window of opportunity and give yourself the gift of good health.