Plan To ‘Reopen’ America Gradually Allows Return Of Elective Orthopedic, Colon, Eye Surgeries
Companies making related devices could see renewals in sales
Under guidelines recently unveiled by President Trump, US health care facilities could gradually start phasing-in more elective surgeries, including commonly performed operations that were postponed due the COVID-19 outbreak – many of which involve extensive device use. Elective surgeries include orthopedic joint replacement procedures, colonoscopies and cataract-correcting procedures that could resume as early as May under Trump’s plan.
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