Our office is currently open during these challenging times. We understand that you still have pain, and Dr. Wickline and his staff are here to help.
We want to keep you safe, and are taking every necessary precaution to do so. In order to reduce risks for our patients, we have changed some of our normal processes, and are offering new options to help patients get the care they need.
We are also fully sanitizing our appointment rooms after each patient, as well as frequently sanitizing common areas like waiting rooms and the front desk area.
As required by the local government, all patients must wear a mask while in our office. We also ask that you have an up-to-date medication list ready to provide to our staff.
We ask that any patient with a fever, cough, or body aches NOT come to the office. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we ask that you receive treatment for these symptoms and have a negative COVID-19 test before coming to the office. If you need to see us in person under these circumstances, please call the office to make specific arrangements. Likewise, if you have been to any state currently on the quarantine list within the last 2 weeks, we require you to self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to the office per Executive Order.
We continue to offer telehealth appointments to allow many patients to stay at home. We can do follow up visits and many consultations via telemedicine. If needed, we have access to mobile x-ray units that can come directly to your house and obtain x-rays, allowing you to stay home.
If you are interested in setting up a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Wickline and staff, please call our office at (315) 738-5069. Our team will arrange your telehealth appointment and send you all of the necessary information.
How Same-Day Surgery Reduces COVID-19 Risks
Dr. Wickline performs many hip and knee replacements on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day.
Dr. Wickline performs outpatient surgery at APEX Surgical Center, an outpatient-only facility, as well as St. Elizabeth Medical Center using their Safepath protocols. We are fortunate to have had very low COVID-19 numbers in our area, which helps to reduce risks for patients needing surgery. To date, none of our patients who have undergone total joint replacement or other elective procedures have tested positive for COVID-19 after surgery.
Additionally, we have recently published an overall complication rate that is over 2x lower than the top 200 orthopedic hospitals in the country.
Therapy-Free Protocols & COVID-19
After total joint replacement, most surgeons require patients to attend physical therapy 3 times per week for 6-12 weeks. In total, that is 18-36 separate instances where a patient could be exposed to COVID-19.
Dr. Wickline’s Therapy-Free protocols allow patients to do simple exercises at home, eliminating the need for the majority of patients to attend physical therapy multiple days per week. This is not only more convenient and cost-saving for patients, but also reduces unnecessary risk for contracting COVID-19.