Wednesday, 14 of November of 2018

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Celebrating July 4th



Happy 4th of July to you and your family from Dr. John Kagan and staff!  For most people, the 4th of July celebration means cookouts with family and friends, perhaps a day at the beach and certainly fireworks in the evening.

As we celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence, it’s also a good time to celebrate just how far we’ve come in creating a better quality of life, free of pain and disability, for people with musculoskeletal injuries.

Did you know that the term orthopaedic comes from two Greek words, orthos for correct or straight and paidion for child?  It was a French surgeon named Nicholas Andry who first used the term in the mid 1700s when he published a medical journal on treating children’s skeletal deformities.

But references to treatment of musculoskeletal injuries go back thousands of years. In fact, Hippocrates, often called the “father of  medicine,” describes treating dislocated shoulders, knees and hips. The Egyptians used splints made from bamboo, reeds and bark; many of which been found with mummies discovered in Egyptian tombs.

If you enjoy history, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008, published an interesting timeline of historical achievements, which can be viewed online at

Some of the highlights of the timeline include: the first use of antiseptic in 1865 on a patient with an open fracture, the discovery of the X-ray for diagnosing skeletal injuries in 1895 and the introduction of stainless steel for orthopaedic implant devices in 1926. Jump to more present day with the first total hip replacement in 1960, the first artificial tendon in 1965 and the first use of bone cement in 1970.

Every age has brought new discoveries that have advanced science and medicine and created the specialty of orthopedic surgery that we practice today. But it’s still fascinating to think about how far we’ve come and what is yet to be discovered.

Dr. Kagan has more than 30 years experience as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. For more information on his services, go to or call 239-936-6778.

List-Making Can Improve Communication With Your Doctor

Patients today are much more educated about health care thanks to the Internet. But good communication between patients and doctors can still be a problem for many people. Sometimes, patients may feel uncomfortable asking too many questions or they may be intimidated or confused by medical terms.There may be a lot of information to absorb at one visit. Or patients may have more questions once they get home and have time to think about it.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests the best way to avoid any issues with communication is to be prepared by making a list in advance of your visit. You might want to keep your list on the refrigerator, at your desk, by the TV or even in your purse. That way when ideas come to mind, you can jot them down.

What should be included on your list? Here are some ideas:Make a list for your doctor

  • Jot down your symptoms with as much detail as possible; for example, when did they start, when does it hurt the most, is the discomfort constant or is it only at certain times of the day or during certain activities?
  • List all medications, starting with prescription meds, but also including any daily over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal supplements, alternative medications or treatments and of course, any allergies to medications.
  • Summarize your medical history, which should include any surgery or major medical conditions you have had in the past or currently.
  • Write down questions you want to be sure to ask the doctor. Not sure what to ask? It is your right as a patient to ask about: 1) the benefits and risks of surgery, 2) possible complications, 3) treatment alternatives, 4) what you can expect after surgery in terms of recovery time, treatment outcome and level of discomfort after the procedure, and 5) what limitations you may have during recovery and long-term.

How else will help make your visit with the doctor more successful?

  • Bring recent X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs,with you. If you don’t have them, be sure to bring the name of the physician who ordered the tests and his or her contact information.
  • Be honest with the doctor. Don’t withhold information that might be important. Voice any concerns you may have and speak up when you don’t understand. Sometimes it’s a good idea to bring a family member or close friend to help you remember the information after you get home.

Do you have a visit scheduled with Dr. Kagan to discuss an orthopedic-related concern? The doctor offers easy-to-understand information about the latest treatments for orthopedic-related conditions at


Check out our educational resources for more information

There was a time when procedures and treatments were a mystery to most people but those days are long gone!  Patients and their families want to learn more about orthopaedic conditions, procedures and pain management as they consider their options.

In the Patient Education section of, visitors to the site can watch surgical procedures—such as ACL repairs and total joint replacements—from start to finish with animations on ViewMedica®, software from Swarm Interactive.

The Patient Education section of the site contains information about more than 400 procedures and conditions, including pain management. All animations are also available in Spanish.

I often use these educational animations to review procedures with patients during office visits.  I treat the doctor-patient relationship as a partnership. I want my patients to be as informed as they possibly can prior to a procedure, so we can work together to achieve the best possible outcome.

On, patients can also print full-color brochures that describe various conditions and procedures, schedule an appointment and download new patient forms prior to a visit.

As always, consult our office for a thorough examination and discussion of your options. Call 239-936-6778 for a consultation.

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