CC BY 4.0 · Surg J (N Y) 2021; 07(02): e83-e91
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1725155
Review Article

The Impact of COVID-19 Disease on Urology Practice

Mohamad Moussa
1   Department of Urology, Al Zahraa Hospital & Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon
Mohamed Abou Chakra
2   Department of Urology, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon
Athanasios G. Papatsoris
3   2nd Department of Urology, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Sismanoglio Hospital, Athens, Greece
Athanasios Dellis
4   Department of Urology/General Surgery, Areteion Hospital, Athens, Greece
› Author Affiliations
Funding None.


The diagnosis and timely treatment of cancer patients should not be compromised during an infectious disease pandemic. The pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has serious implications on urology practice and raises particular questions for urologists about the management of different conditions. It was recommended to cancel most of the elective urological surgeries. Urological cancers surgeries that should be prioritized are radical cystectomy for selective tumors, orchiectomy for suspected testicular tumors, nephrectomy for c T3 + , nephroureterectomy for high-grade disease, and radical adrenalectomy for tumors >6 cm or adrenal carcinoma. Most prostatectomies can be delayed without compromising the survival rate of patients. Urological emergencies should be treated adequately even during this pandemic. There is a potential risk of coronavirus diffusion during minimally invasive procedures performed. It is crucial to use specific precautions when urologists performed those type of surgeries. It was also recommended to suspend the kidney transplantation program during the COVID-19 pandemic except for specific cases. In this review, we discussed the triage of urological surgeries, the risk of minimally invasive urological procedure, the kidney transplantation challenges, the systemic therapies, intravesical instillation of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), endourology, teleconferencing, and telemedicine application in urology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Publication History

Received: 19 July 2020

Accepted: 12 January 2021

Article published online:
03 June 2021

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