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Arthroplasty (Joint Replacement) in Latin America

Details of hospitals in Latin America performing Arthroplasty (Joint Replacement).

Hospital Universitario Austral

A tertiary university hospital with over 750 physicians, providing medical services in most medical specialties. Services to foreign patients include interpreters, insurance coordination, and transportation arrangements. Both hospital and doctors have liability insuranc


Arthroplasty is available at Hospital Universitario Austral

Galenia Hospital

Hospital Galenia holds the Certificate of Medical Attention Establishments granted by Joint Commission International (JCI), Accreditation Canada International (ACI) and is certified by the Mexican General Health Council (CSG).


Arthroplasty is available at Galenia Hospital

3 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Dr. Christian Armando Mantecon Dominguez

Orthopedics and Spine Surgery

Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez

Orthopedic Surgery

Clinica UNIBE

Clinica UNIBE is a full-service private medical center, providing outpatient medical care, cosmetic, orthopedic, urologic, gynecologic, ophthalmic, maxillofacial and general surgery.


Arthroplasty is available at Clinica UNIBE

3 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Dr. Vladimir Badilla Vargas

Orthopedics, Traumatology

Clínica Anglo Americana

Clínica Anglo Americana is a JCI accredited medical facility established in 1921 and works with many international insurers. The innovative hospital with its bilingual staff keeps up to date with advanced technologies, and provides treatment in many fields.


Arthroplasty is available at Clínica Anglo Americana

Hospital La Catolica

Hospital Hotel La Catolica provides comprehensive private healthcare services to local and international patients, mainly from the USA.


Arthroplasty is available at Hospital La Catolica

10 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Dr. Arce Pérez Luis Roberto

Orthopedics and Traumatology

Dr. Castro Artavia Cristhian

General Medicine and Surgery
Orthopedics and Trauma
Hand and Elbow Surgery

Oasis of Hope Hospital

A modern, high tech medical and surgical facility catering to cancer patients and doubles as a cancer research institution as well.


Arthroplasty is available at Oasis of Hope Hospital

Cabo Orthopaedics

A specialized orthopedics clinic with four board certified physicians, affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The Cabo clinic treats over 100 foreign patients annually, mainly from the USA and Canada.


Arthroplasty is available at Cabo Orthopaedics

Listed orthopedics specialist:

Dr. Gerardo Mangino

Orthopedics, Joint Replacement

Baja Orthopedics

A specialized orthopedic clinic from Tijuana with three orthopedic specialists, all of which speak English and regularly treat American patients. The clinic was established in 1990, is ISO certifiede, and all doctors speak English.


Arthroplasty is available at Baja Orthopedics

3 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Salutaris Medical Center

A short-stay surgical clinic and outpatient facility specializing in cosmetic, general and orthopedic surgery. The clinic is accustomed to treating patients from the United States, Latin America and Europe.


Arthroplasty is available at Salutaris Medical Center

Hospital de Tulúm

Hospital de Tulum is a small, modern (opened in 2010), second level private medical center. Nine certified physicians and surgeons provide healthcare services to the city of Tulum, the surrounding area, and the tourists who visit this Mexican vacation spot.


Arthroplasty is available at Hospital de Tulúm

Listed orthopedics specialist:

Dr. Hugo Jesus Sanchez Coello

Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology

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About Joint Replacement

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Arthroplasty

This procedure is used to restore function in joints of the body. This procedure may involve the use of an artificial bone, known as prosthesis or by resurfacing the bones that make up that joint. Many illnesses are responsible for the need to get knee arthroplasty. For instance, degenerative joint disease and some types of arthritis may cause the knee cartilage or joint cushion to get worn out. These are most common reasons that necessitate this type of surgery.

How it is diagnosed

Before one can go for this procedure, a proper diagnosis is conducted to ensure that it is necessary. The most common symptom is painful joint. This includes aches that occur even when one is asleep. The joints will be noticeably stiff in such an instance. In order for a proper diagnosis to occur, the physician will ask about physical ability such as distance walked. Swelling of the joints will also be considered when making the decision. In some cases, potential patients will experience sudden giveaway of the joints, especially in the knees and hips.

The tests conducted are:
  • Imaging of the affected joints using Cat Scans, MRI and use of a bone densitometry that is used to assess the loss of bone density in the affected joints.
  • Cardiac studies to assess the circulatory and heart system
  • Blood tests to confirm arthritis and rule out an infection
  • Use of X-rays to determine how much joint space has been lost

Days admitted : The patient is discharged from hospital after about 10 days in the hospital. Before discharge, the patient has to demonstrate the ability to flex the knee to 90 degrees. There should be no complications and he/she should continue to receive care at home. If any of this is not fulfilled the patient may have to stay longer.

Recovery : The after care will depend on the health care system. In most cases, one will be required to make regular visits to hospital after 6 weeks, then 3 months, a year, five years and ten years. However, this follow-up also depends on how intensive the arthroplasty was. Sometimes, there is no need for follow-up after three months.

Risks : The major threat after surgery is an infection. It can complicate the entire recovery procedure. The patient needs to stay clean and avoid contaminating the unhealed incision points. In addition, the area is examined regularly to determine if there are signs of an infection. Corrective measures should be taken immediately. Other risks are: arthrofibrosis, neurovascular problems, patellofemoral problems, periprosthetic fracturing, aseptic loosening

After care : The patient will be kept under intensive watch to ensure that he/she do not experience complications. This will take place in a high dependency room. At this time, the patient undergoes cryotherapy to prevent the knee from getting swollen. The patient has to undergo very light knee movement, sometimes with the aid of a machine, which is done under the doctor’s supervision. A physiotherapist will be present until the patient is discharged. Before leaving the hospital, the patient is told to attempt light walking on the second day after the surgery.

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