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This coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has truly turned our world upside-down and in a few other directions, as well. Our lives have been disrupted in so many ways but, hopefully, we will return to a more normal situation sooner than later. When that will be is presently only conjecture.

In response to the devastating impact that the COVID-19 virus has had and will have on our healthcare system, the government has mandated that all elective patient care including consultations, office visits and surgical procedures, must cease until further notice. This also applies to those procedures that were already scheduled to be performed and which now have been cancelled.

Unfortunately, this also includes FTM and MTF top surgery.

Yes, they don’t consider this to be emergent or semi-emergent though you may beg to differ.

How long this will last is anyone’s guess? Two months? Three months?

As I indicated in my recent blog, Coronavirus Impact Update as of March 23 2020, we have been working on making “Virtual Consultations” a reality so that you don’t have to potentially wait several months to be seen.

Well, we are happy to announce that it is fully functional, user friendly and ready for you to take advantage of.

Go to the page on our website, Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine, to initiate this process.

You can schedule your Virtual Consultation with Dr. Turkeltaub rather than potentially having to wait several more months for an in office visit. Furthermore, if you then decide to proceed with surgery, everything can be completed and ready for you to have it scheduled including obtaining insurance approval, if relevant.

Prior to your surgery date, Dr. Turkeltaub will see you in the office.

You will also be happy to know that, at least during this pandemic, essentially all insurance companies will cover your consultation as if it were an in office visit. Some have even waived their copay requirements though you may want to check your particular plan.

If you have any additional questions including regarding completing the requirements on the Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine page, please call our office at (480) 451-3000.

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

As always, our highest priority is to ensure YOUR safety and well-being.

With coronavirus/COVID-19 still a health issue, we want you to know that we are continuing to take extreme infection control measures in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. This also means that only patients will be permitted to come into our office and everyone will have their temperature checked.

In an abundance of caution, we are requesting that if you are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness, please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment. You may also want to contact your healthcare provider for further evaluation.

We do offer Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through doxy.me. This is best used for specific situations including postoperative questions and as a substitute for some postoperative office visits relating to certain procedures. However, if you are planning to proceed with surgery, an in-office evaluation will be required.

We are all in this together and really appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

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