Paragon Orthopedics response to COVID-19

Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass, Oregon is navigating the changes and unprecedented mandates set upon our world and healthcare, always keeping you, our patients, as our priority.  It has been very difficult for the staff to not be able to meet your needs, but we want to keep you as safe and healthy as possible.  Below is a summary of what our clinic is doing, in accordance with what Governor Kate Brown has deemed necessary.  Please know that we understand and share your frustrations.  Our clinic will be ready to return to business as usual as soon as we are told it is safe to do so.

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Paragon Orthopedic Center March Newsletter

Hot off the presses, the March newsletter is here from Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass , Oregon.  There are also copies in our waiting area for you to enjoy.  Learn a little about what to consider before having joint replacement.  Even if you are not undergoing this type of surgery, you might know someone who is.  Over one million people in the United States have joint replacement surgery every year according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.  Educate yourself for better health Southern Oregon!

Paragon Press, March 2020

Pregnancy and the body’s need for calcium

When a woman is pregnant, she needs to make sure she is taking not only enough calcium for her own body, but also for the developing baby inside her.  If the mother isn’t consuming enough calcium, her developing baby will draw calcium from the mother’s bones to meet its needs.  The good news is that a pregnant woman’s body absorbs calcium better than one who is not pregnant.  Paragon Orthopedic Center wants everyone to have strong bones, and since pregnant women have to do double duty, we want to educate you on the subject.  If you know a woman who is pregnant or are yourself, here is an article from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that more thoroughly explains the need and has some tips on calcium-rich food sources.

Coronavirus Hits Oregon

With all the news about the new virus, maybe you aren’t sure what is fact.  There is much unknown about coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and it can be difficult to know what is truth and what is conjecture.  Oregon had the CDC declare its first case of coronavirus yesterday.  The other cases that have been reported are presumptive.  Even though it has had no direct effects on Paragon Orthopedic Center’s staff or patients, we use this blog to keep you informed and educated.  Here is a link to the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and frequently asked questions.  Know that we take measures throughout the year to cleanse and disinfect our clinic.  We have masks, gloves, and antibacterial lotion available.  Paragon wants you to feel safe and our staff are always willing to assist you with whatever your needs may be.  We know you come to us to be treated as a unique individual and not a number.  Thank you Southern Oregon for choosing Paragon Orthopedic Center!

Obesity’s effect on joint replacement

A new government study recently released showed that a whopping 42% of Americans are obese.  That is about 4 out of every 10 people.  Studies show obesity to have negative affects on surgeries.  The serious complications that happen in lean individuals are more likely the heavier you are.  Paragon Orthopedic Center has guidelines for joint replacement surgery in order for you to avoid complications and experience maximum benefits from it.  Obesity will not stop you from joint replacement surgery if you are motivated.  Each surgical plan is tailored to your health.  Dr. Bents and Dr. Van Horne take the job of having your surgery be successful very seriously, thoroughly discussing details with you for your individual plan.  Educate yourself on what the effects of obesity are and get encouragement about losing the weight.