Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
COVID-19 Update & Appointment Guide
Dr. Gombera, Fondren Orthopedic Group , and Texas Orthopedic Hospital are actively monitoring local and national events related to coronavirus. We have been and will continue to collaborate with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Medical Board, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have safeguards in place to protect our patients, employees, and community members, and to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Elective Surgery Status
On June 25, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-27 to ensure hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients as Texas faces an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Included in this order is the suspension of elective surgeries in Harris County that would deplete hospital capacity needed to cope with COVID-19. Based on the latest guidelines from Texas Medical Board, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Dr Gombera evaluate each procedure for medical necessity and its effect on hospital capacity.
In many cases, such as outpatient surgeries, the procedures can continue on a modified schedule. This will be determined in part by Dr Gombera, and is based on multiple factors including the type of surgery and your medical history. If you have a case scheduled for surgery, please contact our office to discuss the status of your case.
Our clinic remains open for orthopedic care. Screening precautions, social distancing guidelines, visitor restrictions, and universal masking policies remain in place to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.
For those patients undergoing surgery at Texas Orthopedic Hospital, visitor restrictions are in place and will be updated based on the latest recommendations. Universal masking guidelines are also in place. You may bring your own mask, or one will be provided for you upon arrival. Click here for more information.
Dr. Gombera’s Clinic Remains OPEN
Dr. Gombera and Fondren Orthopedic Group are committed to providing the highest level of care and safety for our patients. If you are coming into our clinic, we have implemented special screening, visitor restrictions, and cleaning procedures at all of our clinics to maintain a safe environment. Our clinic site will remain OPEN. Universal masking guidelines are also in place. You may bring your own mask, or one will be provided for you upon arrival.
We also offer access to our physicians through telemedicine if you would like to call to schedule a session with Dr. Gombera via a video link from your home. If you have an urgent issue or injury, we can evaluate you in office. However we ask any non-urgent appointments to be scheduled as a telemedicine visit, or to be rescheduled for a later time.
Guidelines and Measures for Patients
Prior to scheduling and arriving at your appointment, you will be asked certain screening questions regarding your health and recent travel. Universal masking guidelines are also in place. You may bring your own mask, or one will be provided for you upon arrival.
Patients aged 18 or over will be asked to arrive for clinic visits alone, unless you require special accommodations. With this measure, we have also spaced out seating in lobbies and waiting areas in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, but this will be limited to 1 parent or guardian.
Other patients needing special accommodations should notify the office in advance.
What If You May Have Symptoms
If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath OR are in direct contact with anyone who is demonstrating these symptoms, do NOT report to Fondren, and instead please see your Primary Care Provider (PCP).
If you are feeling sick, are in contact with someone who may be sick, please reschedule your Fondren appointment for a minimum of 14 days out at 713-799-2300.
If you have urgent healthcare concerns, please go to your local Emergency Room.
Additional Precautions We Are Taking
We have strong protocols in place and are following all guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure a safe environment, including:
Every patient, visitor and vendor is screened before entering Points of entry to our facilities have been limited Visitor restrictions have been instituted in patient care areas Click here for Texas Orthopedic Hospital’s current visitor restrictions
We have done, and continue to do, deep cleaning throughout all of our care sites. For more information or what to do if you are sick, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 Hub