Once again, I hope that you all are remaining safe and healthy. By instituting measures to protect both patients and staff, we have continued to remain open and functional. Unlike a hospital setting, or large office buildings with elevators where it is more difficult to limit the contacts that patients encounter, there are very few people coming in and out of this building. Patients will be welcomed into the office by themselves for their scheduled appointments. Each patient’s temperature is recorded, to ensure no fever, before going to the back. Product representatives have not been permitted into the office, because of their potential exposures.
We implemented the established safety guidelines. If you have a scheduled appointment, you will be contacted over the phone PRIOR to any in-person visit and the following questions will be asked:
– Do you have fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing?
– Have you had contact with someone with known or suspected COVID-19?
– Do you live in a community with confirmed ongoing transmission of COVID-19?
– Have you traveled within the last 14 days to any location either domestically or internationally with confirmed ongoing transmission of COVID-19?
If the answer is yes, we will postpone the appointment until it can be safely rescheduled.
The governor has now lifted all restrictions on surgical procedures effective April 22, which will go into effect tomorrow. If insurance has approved your procedure, but you have been reluctant to proceed, now might be the time to consider scheduling.
For those of you who do not feel safe leaving home, we have implemented virtual telemedicine consultations. The advantages of a virtual consult are safety and convenience. It is HIPPA compliant, so your information will be secure. Virtual consultation consists of scheduling an appointment to discuss concerns, questions, and response to treatment, with the ability to transmit images and not leave home. It can also be useful to assess the status of your venous disease and determine the seriousness your concerns. If you are considering treatment of your veins, we can discuss what that would entail and whether any additional testing may be required after the pandemic is behind us. Most major insurance companies are waiving out-of-pocket expenses for virtual consults during the COVID-19 crisis and if you are without insurance, we’ve made these consultations very affordable.
While many medical practices, specifically vein practices, chose to close, we have continued to keep the doors open. I respect the choices of other practices but will stand by mine. My background is in surgery, and every surgeon knows that whatever we do, it involves a risk benefit ratio. The risk of COVID-19 exposure has been lessened by enrolling a rational approach to ensure patient safety. This has allowed me to provide the benefit of continued availability, which I believe that I owe my patients.
Stay safe and stay healthy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment, we are here for you.