Practice Updates

 COVID-19 UPDATES

The COVID-19 pandemic has effectively changed our way of life--personally and professionally. All elective surgery has ever-changing protocols and requirements, and most office visits are VIRTUAL to minimize person-to-person exposure.

 

Infections and hospitalizations are decreasing in California. Despite this, with virus variants spreading throughout the country and the state, there remains the risk that a surge could recur again. We must therefore be aware of the potential for cancellations should the California Governor and/or local Departments of Public Health mandate a shutdown of elective surgeries. We closely follow any official news and will update patients and this post regularly.

The hospital has updated its Visitation Guidelines copied below.

CPMC Expanded Acute Visitation Guidelines Effective March 4, 2021 

  • No in & out privileges: Approved visitors may enter once daily

  • No visitors under the age of 16 (unless approved exception for special circumstances)

  • All visitors must pass screening and questions

  • Hospital provided face mask that covers both mouth and nose must be worn at all times, even while in patient’s room

  • Visitor access is limited to inpatient rooms

  • No outside food delivery permitted

  • Patients in semi-private rooms – visitors will be assessed on a case-by-case basis

  • Visitation Hours: (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

If you test positive for the coronavirus during preoperative screening, we must cancel your surgery and you will be instructed to quarantine for 10-14 days. 

REGARDING OFFICE VISITS:

For the foreseeable future, all office appointments will be virtual unless you are having urgent/emergent urologic issues (i.e. worsening urinary stream, worsening genital/pelvic pain). Post-op patients will still need to attend their post-op appointment unless otherwise advised. Vaccinated patients can be safely seen in person; masks will remain a requirement. 

REGARDING SURGERY: 

We understand the tremendous amount of planning, effort and mental energy that goes into scheduling surgery and recovery.  We will do our best to honor scheduled surgery dates as well as to accommodate re-scheduling patients. However, the limitations of the health system including availability of operating room time, personal protective equipment, ongoing testing shortages, and nearly daily changes in recommendations and restrictions make scheduling surgery difficult.  As a result, please understand that your surgical date is and must be tentative. Should there be shortages of protective equipment, testing availability, or another surge in COVID cases locally or nationally, we may be mandated to suspend all surgeries once again. We will do everything we can to control the factors that are within our control. We ask for your understanding and flexibility with factors that are beyond our control. Please be assured that we will continue to strive for the highest level of surgical care and patient safety.

To maintain your safety as well as the safety of all of those caring for you, we adhere to all restrictions put forth by the Centers for Disease Control, The American College of Surgeons, Local Public Health Departments, and the Hospital and Surgery Centers. These include:

  • Pre-operative COVID testing. You will be provided with more detailed instructions. Testing must be performed near the surgical facility. If you are traveling for surgery, you may wish to obtain a COVID test prior to traveling; however, you will still need to have a test performed in California prior to surgery.

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GOOD HEALTH HABITS:

Good health habits can also help prevent and fight COVID-19. You should:

  • WEAR A MASK in public.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when sick. This includes staying home from work, school, errands, and travel.

  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like phones, keyboards, and doorknobs.

  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink lots of fluids, and eat nutritious food.


We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your patience as we work through this pandemic together. Please contact us if you have individualized concerns that require further discussion. You are amazing patients and it is a privilege to serve you. Take care. 

Mang Chen, MD

 

  

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G.U. Recon Mang Chen MD 2019  

G.U. Recon Clinic

45 Castro St. Ste 111

San Francisco, CA 94114

Office: 415-481-3890

Fax: 309-328-3827

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