Dear Endometriosis Community –
Typically, the month of March is a time we come together in solidarity and raise awareness for endometriosis. This community is strong, well-educated and very resourceful. My experience is that patients that suffer with endometriosis also have a great sense of personal resolve and inner strength. We are all now faced with a new and daunting challenge as the world continues to grapple with COVID-19. This has meant, among other things that all elective surgical cases have to be suspended for a while. For those waiting a long time to finally have a surgery that could bring relief to their pain, this is devastating. As a surgeon, this is also hard for me to grapple with and my heart goes out to patients that are suffering. As we try to navigate this difficult time we want you to know that we are here for you. We have made telemedicine appointments easier to access by simply calling the main scheduling office. There are some temporary solutions that can be helpful in treating endometriosis pain until we can resume surgeries. Each patient’s story and endometriosis journey is unique. I would love the opportunity to sit down with you or talk via telemedicine to try and work through your symptoms and possible solutions. We want you to know that we are here for you and want to partner with you during this difficult time.
Please feel free to reach out to Oakdale at 763-587-7000 and the schedulers can help you sent up an in-person or virtual visit.
I am hopeful that very soon we will be back to full swing with our endometriosis program, including excision-based surgery. For now, know that I am thinking about you and am here to help.
Matt Palmer, D.O.
Oakdale Ob/Gyn, MN.