Would not this world be a better place, a more peaceful place if each of us were to seek out others of a different culture or background and share with each other? …Isn’t there a perfect place for those with a mission servant’s heart ?
We are a group of orthopaedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, medical and surgical personnel who travel to Guatemala to treat indigent Guatemalan patients who have musculoskeletal problems. We organize and run clinics where we treat patients onoperatively and we take surgical teams to perform orthopaedic surgical procedures. Surgery is performed on children and adults. Surgeries range from clubfoot correction and other foot surgery, hand surgery, total joint surgery, arthroscopy, non-united fractures,… We work with local Guatemalan physicians in treating patients and in hands-on training opportunities. All patients treated have local follow-up in Guatemala. We donate equipment, supplies, and medications to the clinics and hospitals where we work.
We have performed approximately 500 orthopaedic surgical procedures (45 are planned for the Mar 2018 trip). Surgeries have included clubfoot corrections, hand tendon and nerve repairs, total hip replacements, total knee replacements, arthroscopic surgeries on knees and shoulders, bone grafting for chronic bone loss injuries, amputations, etc. We have attended to over 2000 patients (75-100 will be seen on the October 2017 trip) in orthopaedic clinics. Over 300 people and companies have donated to our Guatemalan orthopaedic medical missions.