The French Society of Spinal Surgery (SFCR) offered guidelines during the COVID pandemic. The objective of this work was to report the organization and activity in spinal surgery during the first month of confinement across 6 centers in France. The secondary objective was to monitor the adequacy of our practices within the SFCR guidelines.
Material and methods
This prospective multicenter observational study reported spinal surgery activity in each institution from March 16 to April 16, 2020, as well as the organizational changes applied. Surgical activity was compared to that of the same period in 2019 in each center and evaluated according to the SFCR guidelines, in order to control the adequacy of our practices during a pandemic period.
During the peak of the epidemic, 246 patients including 6 COVID-positive patients were treated surgically. The most significant drops in activity were found in Strasbourg (−81.5%) and Paris (−65%), regions in which the health situation was the most critical, but also in Bordeaux (−75%) despite less viral circulation. Operating rooms functioned at 20 to 50% of their normal capacity. There was a significant reduction in procedures for degenerative spine conditions or deformities, in line with the SFCR guidelines.
Maintaining spinal surgery is possible and desirable, even in times of health crisis. The indications must be considered according to the emergency criteria developed by learned societies and adapted to health developments and to the technical possibilities of treatment, by center.
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Keywords : Spinal surgery, COVID, Guidelines