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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

COVID-19 Update & Appointment Guide

Dr. Gombera and Fondren Orthopedic Group 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).

Dr. Gombera’s Clinic Will Remain OPEN

Dr. Gombera and Fondren Orthopedic Group are committed to providing the highest level of care and safety for our patients. Our clinic site will remain OPEN. 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.

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. We are asking patients who have symptoms of cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, those who have traveled to Level 3 countries or have been on a cruise within the last 14 days, and those with exposure to known or suspected COVID 19 patients to reschedule non-urgent appointments.

At this time, based on the latest guidance from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Governor Abbott, we are postponing elective and non-urgent surgeries through April 21, unless otherwise instructed.

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.

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.

For those patients undergoing surgery at Texas Orthopedic Hospital, visitor restrictions are in place and will be updated based on the latest recommendations. Click here for more information

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

Helpful Links:

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Coronavirus

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Arthroscopy Association of North America american shoulder and elbow society international society for hip arthroscopy