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Cardiac Surgery can be performed safely in patients with recent COVID-19 infection
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  • Ana Lopez-Marco,
  • Martin Yates,
  • Cristina Suarez,
  • Azhar Hussain,
  • Damian Balmforth,
  • Robert Serafino Wani,
  • Satya Das,
  • Aung Oo
Ana Lopez-Marco
Saint Bartholomew's Hospital
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Martin Yates
Saint Bartholomew's Hospital
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Cristina Suarez
Saint Bartholomew's Hospital
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Azhar Hussain
Saint Bartholomew's Hospital
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Damian Balmforth
Saint Bartholomew's Hospital
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Robert Serafino Wani
Saint Bartholomew's Hospital
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Satya Das
Saint Bartholomew's Hospital
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Aung Oo
Saint Bartholomew's Hospital
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Abstract

Surgery in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 infection carries significant mortality and morbidity but the appropriate waiting period before surgical intervention after recovering from COVID-19 is not known. We analysed the outcomes of patients who underwent cardiac surgery after having been diagnosed of COVID-19 on pre-operative screening between March and July 2020. Depending on the clinical urgency we delayed surgery until negative testing and/or radiological clearance or postponed the operation where possible. As a result of waiting until COVID-19 resolution, all of our patients survived surgery without complications.