Pediatric Plastic Surgery in the COVID-19 Era

Lior Levy, Dillan F. Villavisanis, Alex J. Sarosi, Peter J. Taub

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the healthcare system to adopt novel strategies to treat patients. Pediatric plastic surgeons are uniquely exposed to high rates of infections during examinations and surgeries via aerosol-generating procedures, in part because of the predilection of viral particles for the nasal cavities and pharynx. Telemedicine has emerged as a useful virtual medium for encouraging prolonged patient follow-up while maintaining physical distance. It has proven beneficial in mitigating infection risks while decreasing the financial burden on patients, their families, and healthcare teams. New trends driven by the pandemic added multiple elements to the patient-physician relationship and have left a lasting impact on the field of pediatric plastic surgery in clinical guidelines, surgical care, and patient outcomes. Lessons learned help inform pediatric plastic surgeons on how to reduce future viral infection risk and lead a more appropriately efficient surgical team depending on early triage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-339
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2024


  • COVID-19
  • coronavirus
  • pandemic
  • pediatric plastic surgery
  • post-COVID-19
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine
  • virtual healthcare


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