With at least 28 elective million operations delayed during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of patients who will require surgery after a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection is likely to increase rapidly. Operating on patients with an active perioperative SARS-CoV-2 infection is now known to carry a very high pulmonary complication and mortality rate. Urgent information is needed to guide whether postponing surgery in patients with a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection leads to a clinical benefit, and the optimal length of delay.

Delaying surgery for patients with a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection

Frisoni T.;Cervellera M.;Gori A.;Sartarelli L.;Tonini V.;De Iaco P.;Perrone A. M.;Ravaioli M.;