Dr. Erwin Bulan and our team at Bulan Plastic Surgery are closely following the development of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are here for you during these unprecedented times, and want to share some information to answer common questions and concerns.
Elective Surgeries Are Delayed, But …
On March 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended doctors delay elective surgeries and non-essential procedures. This included plastic surgery procedures and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Postponing plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures continues to allow health care workers to focus on the needs of urgent cases and preserve precious resources such as masks, gloves and gowns. Also, delaying these surgeries eliminated unnecessary interactions that could cause COVID-19 to be transmitted between patients and/or health care workers.
Dr. Bulan and our team have been committed to doing our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Our society has continued to do their part with the #stayathome recommendations our local governments have made. All of these actions have resulted in a plateau in the Coronavirus numbers in our area with a possible beginning of a downward trend. There are early discussions with lifting some of the current restrictions and developing policies for the return of non-urgent surgeries at the hospital level. We at Bulan Plastic Surgery are developing our own policies to provide a safe return to our office, with thoughts of patient safety always at the forefront of any decision as well as continued adherence to social distancing guidelines. In these next few weeks, we look forward to sharing these policies with you!
We Are Here for You
Even if we cannot meet with you in person, Bulan Plastic Surgery is only a phone call or an email away. We also have the capabilities of conducting HIPAA-compliant, encrypted virtual office visits through your smart-phone to follow up on our current patients, as well as meet new patients to begin the consultation process.
Are you scheduled for an upcoming procedure with Dr. Bulan?
A member of our team will reach out to you to give you more information. Once the hospital policies of return-to-surgery have been released, we will reach out to you individually to convey further guidance.
Are you recovering from a procedure with Dr. Bulan?
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call our office. We are currently conducting virtual visits through computers and smartphones. Follow-up appointments in the office may be held on a case-by-case basis depending on urgency.
Are you considering elective surgery in the future?
Now is a great time to start researching your options. Take advantage of our Virtual Visits to meet Dr. Bulan and to get more information regarding your interest. These easy and convenient appointments help us minimize in-person interactions while giving you the information and resources you need. This a great way to get to know us and our personality, so that when we are able to do examinations, we are well underway to develop a plan to get you to your goals! Our website also has a wealth of information about the surgical and non-surgical procedures we offer. And, our staff is available to answer questions that you may have.
Stay Safe and Healthy
Bulan Plastic Surgery cares deeply about the health and welfare of our patients and your families. We hope that you stay safe and follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will get through this, together!
You can also find more information about protecting yourself from the virus by visiting https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus.
Contact Bulan Plastic Surgery
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Bulan Plastic Surgery.
We look forward to seeing you in person as soon as the situation resolves!