Urology and COVID-19: What You Should Know

Anxiety levels across the country are high right now, and with good reason. Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is a novel virus that isn’t clearly understood and for which there’s no treatment, cure, or vaccine. There are far more questions than answers when it comes to this virus.

As always, when it comes to your urological health, Dr. Floyd Seskin is here to answer all your questions. Researchers, scientists, and doctors don’t know what the long-term effects of the virus will be, but Dr. Seskin is working hard to make sure you get the urology care you need. 

Make an appointment or wait? 

If you have a urology concern, the best thing you can do is to call our office. Dr. Seskin may be able to offer guidance by phone or by video. Our staff may be able to answer your questions without involving Dr. Seskin. 

Your health is our top concern, and we understand why you may not want to come to an in-person appointment if it can be avoided. At the same time, if your condition is likely to deteriorate and become more serious, a visit may be warranted. 

Proceed or delay surgery?

You may be hesitant to visit any medical facility right now, and with good reason. However, it’s far better to seek care than not in some situations. 

Some surgeries that are currently classified as elective are actually necessary in order to keep you healthy. For example, if you have prostate cancer and have surgery scheduled to treat it, it may technically be considered an elective procedure. Of course it’s not. 

The American College of Surgeons has released guidance for doctors to evaluate whether a procedure should be postponed or performed. They recommend considering patients’ needs in real-time, that a medical professional with expertise in the surgical specialty should evaluate the potential for harm in delaying any given procedure, that the logistical and administrative limits of the medical facility be considered, and that each procedure should be considered in light of the risks posed by delay in combination with the risks posed by proceeding. 

Who should you listen to? 

One thing that’s frustrating about the pandemic is that there’s so much incorrect and misleading information. In order to stay well-informed and up-to-date, we suggest the following sources of information: 

Each of these organizations is dedicated to fostering good health in the general sense, but also has access to current information regarding COVID-19. 

If you have questions regarding your urological health, please contact us. We can help you decide whether you should have an in-person appointment with Dr. Seskin, a video visit, or simply a phone call. We’re available from 8:30am until 5:00pm, Monday through Friday at 305-792-6905.

 

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