Dr. Juan Carlos Alvarez Garnier
Degree: Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
Specialty: Orthopedics and Traumatology, Centro Medico Nacional de Occidente del IMSS
Certification: Mexican Council of Orthopedics and Traumatology.
Hispano Americano Hospital
At our reception, you will be greeted by our staff to provide the orientation you need 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We have a comfortable waiting room in front of the reception and another one on the third floor where patients, family and friends can spend time in a friendly environment. You can also visit our cafeteria, where you can enjoy a delicious and varied menu; it is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
For your comfort and convenience, we have included ample parking inside the Promed Medical Group building with access from Reforma Avenue (Ave. Reforma).
Common Orthopedic Conditions
The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis mainly affects the hips, knees, feet, spine and hands. In contrast, rheumatoid arthritis can affect not only the joints but also the skin, lungs, heart, eyes and other organs. It is one of the most disabling forms of arthritis.
When it comes to sports injuries, prevention is definitely the best medicine. Wearing the proper equipment, staying in shape and not pushing yourself too far too fast are all steps that may help keep you safe.
There may be some things you can “feel in your bones,” but the start of osteoporosis isn’t one of them. In the early stages, this bone-thinning disease has no symptoms at all. And when it progresses, the resulting broken bones can be disabling or even life-threatening.
Rotator Cuff Tear
The classic sign of rotator cuff injury is pain when you lift your arm over your head. The pain may hit during sports, chores or simple daily activities, such as getting dressed. Your shoulder may make grating or cracking sounds with movement or prevent you from sleeping on that side.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of low back pain, and also one of the most misunderstood.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
More than 300,000 people in the United States tear their ACLs each year, according to the AAOS. The injury is most common among athletes who play soccer, football, volleyball and basketball.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve — the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.
Common Orthopedic Treatments
The right care at the right time can make a huge difference in terms of maintaining or recapturing quality of life. Often treatment for orthopedic conditions does not require an inpatient hospital stay.
Many conditions can be managed by your orthopedic physician in the office. Patients who require surgery should discuss with their surgeon whether they will require admission to the hospital.
Patients typically admitted to the orthopedic unit include trauma patients and those acutely recovering from orthopedic surgery. All of our orthopedic unit rooms have wireless telemetry (heart monitoring) available should patients require it.
Patients receiving orthopedic outpatient (ambulatory) surgical care at Providence Alaska Medical Center are treated with the same clinical expertise and advanced medical technologies as our most complex inpatient cases.
Common Orthopedic Treatments:
• Braces and Supports
• Therapy and Rehabilitation
The Joint Replacement Program at Providence
The physical pain and the psychological stress of arthritis and joint trauma don’t have to compromise your quality of life. At Providence, comprehensive total joint replacement procedures are performed by a collaborative team. Patient care begins with thorough evaluation and education and continues through post-surgical therapy and follow-up.
Arthrodesis involves fusing together the two bones that form a joint. When the bones are joined together in this way, they lose their flexibility. But fused joints can bear weight better, are more stable and are no longer painful.
Arthroscopy gives doctors a way to diagnose and treat a variety of joint problems without the need for a large incision or a long recovery.
Osteotomy involves cutting and reshaping or repositioning bones to improve their alignment. Often used on knee joints, this surgery can help shift weight-bearing stress from a damaged section of the joint to a healthier section.
Synovectomy involves removing the diseased lining of the joint—the synovium—to help relieve pain and swelling. Depending on the size of the joint, the surgery can be done either through a standard incision (open surgery) or through one or more smaller incisions with tiny instruments.