Dr Klar understands that patients considering elective knee surgery have concerns regarding the optimal timing of their Covid-19 vaccinations and Flu vaccines in the context of them undergoing elective knee surgery.
With these concerns in mind, he advises that patients having elective knee surgery follow these guidelines:
- Please do not schedule elective surgery within 14 days of having a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. This applies to either the first or second doses both before and after surgery.
- Please do not schedule elective surgery within 28 days of having an AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. This applies to either the first or second doses both before and after surgery.
- Please do not schedule elective surgery within 14 days of having the 2021 Flu vaccine.
- Current advice suggests that a 2 week time period should be left between having either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines and the 2021 season Flu vaccine.
For example, if you are having elective knee surgery on the 1st of November 2021, this precludes you from having the Pfizer vaccine (1st or 2nd dose) after 18 October 2021 and before 15 November 2021. For the AstraZeneca vaccine, assuming the same operation date, this precludes having the AstraZeneca vaccine (1st or 2nd dose) after 4 October 2021 and before 29 November 2021.
By following these guidelines, we can minimise the likelihood of blood clots after your knee surgery, allow your immune system to return to normal before and after the surgery and lower your risks of catching either Covid-19 or this season’s flu.
Please arrange timing of elective operations at CKC with these guidelines in mind. Please advise your vaccination centre of the need to have elective surgery and ask them to adjust your vaccination booking dates accordingly.