Update: September 17, 2021
We are continuing to book elective cases including hip and knee replacement surgery. Queen’s Medical Center and Kona Community Center are resuming surgical cases. There may be limits on certain in-patient cases. Please discuss your individual situation with Dr. Morton. Each hospital has its own independent rules prior to starting including, but not limited to: self-quarantine, obtaining COVID-19 testing prior to surgery, and types of elective surgery. We are continuing to maintain social distancing by avoiding as much contact as reasonable, social isolation, and mask-wearing.
We are maintaining clinics at a lighter load to avoid too many patients and staff members interacting at the same time. If you are traveling, you may need to obtain a covid test. Please visit our interisland travel information page to learn more.
Talk with Dr. Morton prior to scheduling surgery to confirm how you will proceed.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Surgery
Prior to surgery, all patients are required to undergo testing for COVID to demonstrate a negative test prior to surgery. All staff who have contact with patients have been mandated to have vaccinations. Patients are encouraged to be discharged home. We have created a program that allows for remote in-home physical therapy for post-op total joint replacement care. Please discuss your post-surgery care with Dr. Morton.
We are continuing to follow recommendations from the CDC and the American College of Surgeons. We will continuously re-evaluate the situation and determine when it is appropriate to proceed or cease with elective surgeries. We are still caring for fractures, tendon ruptures, infections, or other possible urgent and emergent orthopedic conditions. Elective procedures are determined on a case-by-case basis.
COVID-19 – Clinic and Telehealth
In preparation for the number of patients who may become symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, we are following social distancing as advised by the Center for Disease Control. Please do not come to our clinic if you are exhibiting any signs of COVID-19. We have provided a telehealth option for our patients.
Schedule a telehealth visit today!
We have easy step-by-step instructions on how to see your provider via telehealth.
Signs of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
Please call your local emergency department if you have any of the following symptoms.
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Dr. Morton and his staff have received vaccinations. We encourage all of our patients who are able to obtain the vaccine, to do so as soon as possible. We are looking forward to resuming normal activities.
Thank you for your understanding.