More than 580,000 surgeries in India may be canceled due to Covid-19: study

LONDON: More than 580,000 planned in India could be canceled or delayed as a result of the pandemic, according to a study by an international consortium.

The study, published in the British Journal of Surgery, has projected that, based on a 12-week period of maximum interruption in hospital services due to Covid-19, around 28.4 million elective surgeries worldwide will be canceled or postponed in 2020.

This will lead patients to a long wait for their health problems to be resolved, according to research by the CovidSurg Collaborative, a research network of more than 5,000 surgeons from 120 countries focused on Covid-19's impact on surgical care. .

The study was led by members based in the United Kingdom, Benin, Ghana, India, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda, Spain, and the United States.

The modeling study indicates that each additional week of interruption of hospital services will be associated with another 2.4 million cancellations.

The researchers, including those from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, collected detailed information from surgeons from 359 hospitals and 71 countries on plans for cancellation of elective surgery.

These data were statistically modeled to estimate totals for canceled surgery in 190 countries.

The researchers project that 72.3 percent of planned surgeries worldwide would be canceled during the peak period of Covid-19 related disruption, adding that most of the canceled surgeries will be for non-cancerous conditions.

In India, 5.84,737 patients may face cancellations or delays in surgery over a 12-week period around the time the new disease peaks, according to the study's estimate.

Orthopedic procedures will be canceled more frequently, with 6.3 million orthopedic surgeries canceled worldwide over a 12-week period, the researchers said.

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