Many of you are uncertain in times of Corona, and rightly so. You are asking yourself and us whether you should have currently planned interventions or examinations on the prostate or postpone them for the time being. Prostate cancer patients also sometimes express concern about possibly contracting the novel Corona virus during oncological treatment. We are aware of the fact that every medical intervention is always associated with worries and uncertainty, once again against the backdrop of the current pandemic.
But one thing to keep in mind is that planned therapy often cannot be postponed indefinitely without putting your health at risk. Canceling cancer treatment or putting it off for weeks or even months could mean jeopardizing the success of the treatment or risking a relapse. In benign enlargement of the prostate, too, putting off surgery for too long can lead to serious complications in addition to pain and impaired quality of life.
Fortunately, thanks to the prudent approach in Germany, the Corona pandemic has not developed as dramatically as was to be feared. We, your urologists from the West German Prostate Center in the KLINIK am RING - Cologne, therefore advise against simply postponing indefinitely all interventions without a clear emergency character, early detection and preventive examinations or an upcoming oncological treatment. Of course, each individual case must be discussed and decided upon in a differentiated manner. Your safety, but also that of your fellow human beings, has the highest priority.
In addition to the hygiene requirements recommended by experts, in particular the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), such as mandatory mouth protection and distance rules, as well as adapted risk management, the KLINIK am RING - Cologne offers the option of outpatient surgery for minor procedures. This minimizes the length of stay in the clinic. In the case of surgical interventions that require an inpatient stay, you will be accommodated in a single-bed room or in a very large two-bed room, so that the distance rules can also be observed here and your safety is guaranteed.
Yours sincerely, Dr. Stephan Neubauer and Dr. Pedram Derakhshani and the entire team of the West German Prostate Center
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