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July 30, 2018

Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries. PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual. To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood. Studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process of an injury site! Conditions commonly treated with PRP include chronic tendon injuries (tennis elbow) and acute ligament and muscle injuries. Ask your surgeon today if PRP is right for you!

  • Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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July 16, 2018

 Did you know that patients who smoke and have a joint replacement surgery are 10X more likely to need a joint revision (meaning that the surgeries had to be redone)! Smokers also have a significantly higher rate of complications including infection, poor wound healing, blood clots, abnormal heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, urinary tract infection, and kidney failure. So why does this happen? Nicotine constructs blood vessels so wounds get less oxygen and healing nutrients! With less blood flow, the wound also receives fewer protective white blood cells resulting in increased risks of infection. Don’t be surprised if your surgeon requests that you quit smoking prior to your surgery!  credit Dorothy Foltz-Gray

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July 2, 2018

Did you know that after your mid-20s, bone thinning is a natural process and cannot be completely stopped! Bone mass acquired during youth is an important determinant of the risk of osteoporosis related fractures during later life. During childhood and the beginning of adulthood, bone formation is more important than bone resorption. Later in life, however, the rate of bone resorption is greater than the rate of bone formation and results in a new bone loss – a thinning of your bones! Nutritional and lifestyle advice for building strong bones in youth is just as acceptable to adults! Adults should: ensure a nutritious diet and adequate calcium intake; maintain an adequate supply of vitamin D, participate in regular weight-bearing activity, avoid smoking and second-hand smoke, and avoid heavy drinking.

  • International Osteoporosis Foundation
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June 19, 2018

Yes, vitamin D is made by sunshine; however, in the northern latitudes, the sun is only strong enough to stimulate vitamin D production in your skin 3 to 4 months a year, typically from May through August. Your skin will make enough vitamin D to support good blood levels if you are outside for at least 10-20 minutes a day, without sunscreen, typically between 10:00am and 2:00pm in shorts and a tank top. Do most people get this amount of sun exposure? No. While I am not advocating NO sunscreen, I do think it would be OK to spend 10-20 minutes without it if you are trying to get your vitamin D. Then, go and slather up with a broad-spectrum SPF. If your vitamin D levels were low before the summer, or if you aren’t outside much without sunscreen during the middle of the day, you should continue your supplement.  Susan Blum, M.D. 

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June 5, 2018

Because joints carry the weight of our bodies, the more weight you are required to carry, the harder it is for your joints to work properly! It has been found through numerous studies that the chance of developing arthritis is strongly associated with body weight. As the population ages and becomes heavier, arthritis, especially osteoarthritis has become one of the leading causes of disability worldwide! While getting down to a normal body weight is a good idea for people who are overweight, starting with reasonable goals like losing 10-20 pounds can help with joint pain! Do you already have joint pain? The key to exercising when you have joint problems is to find low-impact activities, including cycling, swimming, and aerobics!  Harvard Health Publishing

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January 21, 2018

Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) received the 2018 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics. This evidence-based designation is the only orthopedics award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on a robust criteria that considers patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and women’s expectations from their best hospital. “We are overwhelmed to hear that our patients, especially females whoa are the primary healthcare decision makers for their families recognize the comprehensive and innovative care our sports medicine and orthopedics services strive so hard to deliver,” said Phyllis Peoples, President & CEO. “With our highly skilled physicians and the dedication of our staff, our team is able to provide the most comprehensive services in southeast Louisiana and are honored to receive the Women’s Choice Award for the third year in a row.” TGMC’s orthopedic and sports medicine services include the state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Caring MR Suite Imaging Area which enhance the patient experience of receiving an MRI by providing clearer images, more patient comfort and noise reduction, to name a few. The Community Sports Institute is an active community member providing athletic training resources to schools, concussion screenings and more. The 2018 America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics are

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January 1, 2018

The staff at Gulf Coast Orthopedics wishes you and your family a safe and healthy new year.

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December 25, 2017

The staff at Gulf Coast Orthopedics wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas.

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December 19, 2017

Gulf Coast Orthopedics was featured in the November 2017 issue of Point of View magazine. Check out the article for a brief history of the clinic and success stories from our patients. Read the entire feature here.

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September 18, 2017

Gulf Coast Orthopedics would like to congratulate Geoffrey P. Stone, MD, shoulder and elbow orthopedic surgeon, on his invitation to be a faculty member at the 2017 International Advanced Shoulder Course held this Fall in New Orleans. This course provides instruction to surgeons who would like to expand their skills and knowledge about shoulder surgery. Dr. Stone will be working alongside some of the best shoulder surgeons in the world educating other surgeons on the latest techniques and advances in shoulder surgery. The Gulf Coast Orthopedics staff is inspired by Dr. Stone’s constant commitment to learning and teaching others about shoulder and elbow surgery. Dr. Stone brings his expertise to our patients every day at Gulf Coast Orthopedics. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Stone, please call 985-868-1540.