Surgical Strategy During the COVID-19 Pandemic in a University Metropolitan Hospital in Milan, Italy

World J Surg. 2020 Aug;44(8):2471-2476. doi: 10.1007/s00268-020-05595-y.


The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly, forcing some drastic changes not only in our daily lives, but also in our clinical and surgical activities. Given our extensive Italian experience, we hereby describe how our surgical unit activity has changed and how, in some cases, it was necessary to modify surgical strategies. We hope our experience can be shared with our global colleagues who are suffering under similar condition.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections*
  • Female
  • General Surgery* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Hospitals, University
  • Hospitals, Urban
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral*
  • SARS-CoV-2