03-22-2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Steroid Injections

At this time, Newport Orthopedic Institute is still offering in-office interventional procedures, such as epidurals and steroid injections, on a case-by-case basis to address the pressing needs of our patients who experience chronic pain.

We understand that the decision to postpone or cancel your procedure is not an easy one. Our goal is to be here for our patients and to continue care without disruption. At this time, safety for our patients and staff is our primary concern. Therefore, we ask that you consider postponing your treatment if you or a family member within your household fall into any of the following categories:

  • You are presently symptomatic or have recently experienced symptoms of the flu including, but not limited to, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath.

OR

  • You have recently (within the past two weeks) returned from outside of the United State or have had considerable exposure to a person who has returned from outside the country.

OR

  • Your present level of pain is well-controlled.

OR

  • You are part of the identified “at-risk” groups who are susceptible to complications with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or are immunocompromised.

Reduction in Immune Response Following Corticosteroid Injections

Although there is no evidence to suggest that corticosteroid injections result in a substantial increase in risk of infection with COVID-19, there is a possible reduction in the immune response for up to a few weeks following the procedure. While this risk is extremely low, it needs to be taken into consideration when making the decision whether to proceed with your procedure. Those that are immunocompromised and moving forward with their procedure will require clearance from their primary care physician.

As the CDC and local health department works to uncover more details on COVID-19, we may have to make changes on types of medications that we can use, as well as designating which procedures we are able to perform. We ask that you please understand these policies will be put in place to protect you, as well as those you come in close contact with, and our own office staff. Should you develop any symptoms following a procedure, we ask that you contact our office at (949) 722-7038 immediately just as you would have before COVID-19.


Our Locations

(949) 722-7038

Physician Offices

Huntington Beach

19582 Beach Boulevard, Suite 306
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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Irvine

16300 Sand Canyon Ave, Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92618

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Mission Viejo

South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc.
26730 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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Newport Beach

22 Corporate Plaza Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Tustin

15000 Kensington Park Drive
Tustin, CA 92782

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