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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 180-184

Urology practice in COVID-19 era, Indian perspective

Urology and Robotic Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo hospitals, New Delhi, India

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Rajesh Taneja
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi - 110 070
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_67_20

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COVID-19 has hit the world as an unforeseeable calamity leading to unprecedented difficulties faced by the medical fraternity on the whole. A review of published literature pertaining to global experiences in the field of urology, in the backdrop of this disease has been carried out. The common problems faced by urologists world over have been difficulty in the stratification and advising surgical intervention, while conforming to the principles of medical ethics. This has been compounded by rationing of resources, diversion of trained workforce, and increased financial burden on hospitals and patients alike. There has been a reduction in the outpatient department (OPD) attendance, OPD procedures, and major surgical procedures in the past 3 months. Benign diseases have been deferred much more than malignant conditions. A guide for stratification of urological illness according to deferability has been proposed. The psychological burden of the patients, who have been categorized low in priority after the diagnosis has been made, may be immeasurable. Working with personal protective gear along with lead apron has been pointed out as physical stress, which may affect the surgeons' performance. The training of residents has been a collateral damage, which may have far reaching implications. The consequences of this may manifest in some years to come. Telemedicine may be the new normal in the coming times.

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