Urology during COVID-19: Are We Back to Normal or is Telemedicine Here to Stay?

COVID-19 has led to quarantines, social distancing and binge watching The Tiger King on Netflix. We are in strange times.

There have been many other changes in daily living including how we seek medical care. COVID-19 has placed telemedicine in the forefront of public awareness. In my opinion, telemedicine is here to stay. However, the question still remains: is it safe to have in-person visits with your doctor or should you stay home?

I will do all of you a favor by not pretending to be another expert in the epidemiology or treatment of coronavirus (we have enough of these “experts” on social media). I believe that no one can predict with any certainty when and if life will return to normal. Instead, here’s some practical advice.

1. Don’t ignore your medical conditions

Just because you don’t have symptoms concerning for COVID-19, doesn’t mean you have to neglect other medical issues. It’s safe to assume many of you are still dealing with kidney stones, UTIs, bladder leakage, and symptoms of an enlarged prostate over these past two months. You don’t have to continue suffering with these conditions. We can help. 

This is also a great time to consider a painless, no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy for yourself or your partner. You’re probably working from home and bored to death anyway. At least protect the financial future of your family by preventing a quarantine “surprise” 9 months from now.

2. Start with telemedicine

I’ve written about the greater role telemedicine will play in the future but little did I know that the future is already here. Telemedicine allows direct access to your doctor from the convenience of your home. Not only is it easier than an in-person visit, it limits your exposure to COVID-19 and a slew of bad drivers on the road. Make certain to ask your doctor if they have a HIPAA compliant platform for video visits. This ensures your visit is safe and secure. Also check if your doctor will be billing your insurance company for any visits including phone calls. You don’t want any surprise bills.

3. Lower your risk of exposure to Covid-19

Please stay home if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fevers, chills
  • Body aches
  • Cough, shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Exposure to anyone with these symptoms

Wear a mask to your visit. This is not the time to bring along your entire family to the office. Have loved ones call in during the visit if they need to be a part of any discussion. I would also ask your doctor’s office what precautions they are taking to minimize exposure risks.

I can’t help treat COVID-19, but I’m here to address any urologic needs you may have. Send me an email joe@drpazona.com and let’s see if a telemedicine visit is right for you. If I need to see you in person, we will make it happen. 

In-office procedures such as: Urolift for BPH, sacral neuromodulation for bladder leakage, testosterone pellet implantation and a no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy can all be safely performed during these times with minimal increased risk. We are open for business and ready to help. 

Just as long as it doesn’t interfere with my Netflix schedule. Season 3 of Ozark is pretty awesome.

Warm regards,

Dr. Joseph Pazona

joe@drpazona.com

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