Dr. Alberto Martinez is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. This means that he primarily sees and treats patients with sports –related and repetitive motion injuries such as rotator cuff injuries and ligament / meniscal injuries of the knees. The majority of patients are recreational athletes, though he is also the official physician for the Colombian Olympic Committee.
Anesthesia: Surgical Apgar: 7
Joint Commission accreditation: no
The subspecialties of shoulder and hip arthroplasty
Martinez subspecializes in arthroscopic surgery; of the hips, shoulders and knees. Shoulder surgery in particular is a challenging subspecialty in orthopedics due to the complexity of the shoulder joint. There are just a handful of specially trained orthopedic surgeons in Bogota who perform shoulder procedures. Hip arthroscopy is an emerging procedure in orthopedic literature; and Dr. Martinez is one of just two surgeons in Bogota using this technique.Conditions such as osteoporosis, a flattening of the femoral head causes pain, and can lead to fractures as the bone thins and warps.
In traditional orthopedic surgery (hip replacement), surgeons must dislocate the hip in order to replace the head and neck portion of the femoral bone with a prosthetic device, often made of titanium. By comparison, Dr. Martinez and other surgeons using hip arthroplasty; reshape the existing femoral head and the acetabulum, where the femoral head rests in normal joint function.
Dr. Martinez does not perform joint replacements. He currently operates at several facilities in Bogota including Clinicadel Country, Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota, San Ignacio and Clinica VIP.
Education and Training
After completing both medical school and an orthopedic surgery residency at Javieriana University here in Colombia, Dr. Martinez completed a two year fellowship with Dr. John W. Uribe at the University of Miami in Jacksonville Memorial Hospital.
He is currently an adjunct professor at Javieriana University Medical School and recently retired as residency coordinator of their orthopedic surgery residency program after six years. Since shoulder surgery is an advanced subspecialty of orthopedic surgery, he often travels to Medellin and other cities in Colombia to teach shoulder arthroscopic techniques to his colleagues.
The Med-Sports Clinic
The med-sports clinic is a free-standing building near Clinicadel Country which is well-appointed with diagnostic and rehabilitative equipment including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a physiotherapy suite, a fully-outfitted gymnasium with free weights, tredmills, bicycles and resistance equipment, a petite outside exercise yard and a small swimming pool along with several consultation rooms.
In the operating room
Dr. Martinez is operating at Clinica VIP, a newer private hospital in Bogota that encompasses a ten-story building close to the autopisa. The three operating rooms are located on the 9th floor, along with a small six-bed monitoring post-operative recovery area. The operating room is clean, with large video monitors and modern surgical equipment. All equipment is functional.
Today’s procedure is shoulder arthroscopy on a young American patient with a rotator cuff tear. The patient is prepped, draped and positioned appropriately. Sterility is maintained through the short case; which takes only 40 minutes from initial incision to skin closure of the arthroscopy sites. Dr. Martinez rapidly identifies and repairs the tear without significant complications or bleeding.