Recommendations for Surgical Interventions during COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Alp Yildiz Yildirim Beyazit University
  • Mehmet Cetinkaya Stellenbosch University Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Department of Spinal Unit of Orthopaedics
  • Sezai Leventoglu Gazi University School of Medicine, Department of General Surgery
  • Alpaslan Senkoylu Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology


Throughout human history, many pandemics have broken out and caused great numbers of deaths. As the technological development made quite a huge advancement by the twentieth century, the medical treatment armamentarium had widened its facilities and resources. This brought with sophisticated and competent health care services for people which provided the medical practitioners with higher success rates when fighting against diseases and improved recovery and survival rates. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the high transmission rate of the novel SARS-Cov-2 virus has led to the paralysis of the health system and running out of the resources and healthcare workers. Thus, local government healthcare service regulators have begun building up plans to create management algorithms to use the limited resources more efficiently. This paper presents preliminary practical instructions for healthcare providers as a basic foundation for COVID-19 and potential future pandemics.