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Procedures and Treatments:

Lumbar, Dorsal and Cervical Spine Infiltrations
Spine Radio Frequency
Tumors of the Spine
Infections of the Spine
Sacroiliac Infiltrations
Herniated Disc
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Microdiscectomy, Arthrodesis, Nerve Decompression
Hip Replacement
Knee Replacement
Internal and External Fracture Fixation
Child Growth Disorders
Pediatric Musculoskeletal Pain
Carpal Tunnel
Sports Injuries
Decompression of The Sciatic Nerve
Ultrasound-Guided Infiltration
Cervical Disc Prosthesis
Rescue of Failed Spine Surgery
Bunion Correction (Hallux Valgus)
Trigger, Claw or Hammer Finger Plasty
Cubel Tunnel Release
De Quervain Tendonitis
Femoro-Acetabular Impingement Treatment

Doctor's Profile

“What makes me unique is the relationship we can establish, I never focus only on doing the physical exam and establishing the diagnosis, but I like to have a relationship with the patient.”

Dr. Andrés Cobar Bustamante, is a doctor and surgeon who specializes in orthopedic and traumatologic conditions. He has experience in the treatment of knee and hip arthroplasties, fracture osteosynthesis, sports injuries and cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and foot and ankle surgery.

In search of new treatments within the traumatology clinic, Dr. Andrés Cobar continued his studies in minimally invasive spine surgery and ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal infiltrations. He has been a pioneer in the use of these treatments to deal with common sports pain or injuries in a less invasive way and has carried out the first day of scoliosis in Guatemala.

Always looking for an alternative to hospitalization, Dr. Cobar performs 6 to 7 interventions per month in his own clinic, in zone 10 of Guatemala. These are non-invasive outpatient procedures, which can be used to treat spinal pain, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain, scoliosis treatment, eliminate pyramidal syndrome and more.

One of the treatments that this professional performs most, minimally invasive spine surgery, is used in people with different conditions in the spine, improving their quality of life. This practice is recent in Guatemala, but it is gaining adherents for its effectiveness and for being a surgery with less recovery time and risks. There are two main objectives that are sought with this intervention: preserve or restore the nervous system and preserve the stability of the spine.

The focus of Dr. Andrés Cobar is always on the patient, in being able to clearly determine what the condition is and treat the disease from the root. This professional is committed to more innovative and less invasive procedures, which are already being used in the international scene. He firmly believes that the treatment should be adapted to each patient and that the disease should not be treated in isolation, but that it is generally related to other aspects of daily life.

“I have an open mind to alternative treatments, as I have also focused a lot on preparing well to be able to offer everything that is available internationally (…).”

Professional Affiliations

AO Trauma

AO Spine

North American Spine Surgery (NASS).

COLMEDEGUA (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Guatemala).

Guatemalan Association of Orthopedics and Traumatology (AGOT).

Guatemalan Association of Column Surgery (AGCC).

Editor of Scientific Articles for Elsevier (Reviewer for Elsevier Scientific Journal).

Academic Affiliations

2010
University of San Carlos de Guatemala, Physician and Surgeon.

2016
Rotation in Foot and Ankle Surgery with Dr. Rabat and Dr. Viladot, Barcelona, ​​Spain

2017
Residence in Traumatology and Orthopedics. Specialties Hospital National Medical Center of the West, IMSS, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Continuing Education Program University Higher Training Course in Spine. University of La Plata, Argentina.

2018
Fellowship AOSpine, Military Hospital of Bogotá, Colombia,

Fellowship Minimally Invasive Column Surgery, Imbanaco Hospital and Valle de Lili; Cali, Colombia.

2019
Certificate of Ultrasound-Guided Infiltration in Musculoskeletal System, Medical Technology Management Institute (MTMI) New Orleans, USA.

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Publications

2015
Vertebral Destruction Syndrome: From Knowledge to Practice. Review Article. Journal of Spine. 4:4.2015

Firearm Injuries in the Spine. Effective Strategy for Diagnosis and Treatment.
Coluna/Columna. 14(3):240-3. 2015

Visual Loss in Spine Surgery: Case Review. Artículo, Presentado en Congreso
Nacional de Columna: AMCICO, Puerto Vallarta, México. 2015

2016
Clinical outcome of anterior vs posterior approach in cervical spondilotyc mielopathy.
Research Article, Presentado en Global Spine Congress, Dubai, UAE. 2016

Clinical Outcome of Surgical vs Conservative Treatment of dens fracture: Serie de Casos. Tesis de Posgrado. 2016

Chronic Ankle Instability: sports related injuries and foot morphology, Marzo 2017, Medigraphic.
Historical perspective of distal radius fractures classification in the twentieth century. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Orthopaedics. Vol. 2/3:26. 2016

Management of burst fractures in the thoracolumbar spine. J Orthop 13(4), 278-281. 2016

Early reduction of acetabular fractures decreases the risk of post-traumatic hip
osteoarthritis?. JCOT 344:7. 2016

Sacral Insufficiency Fractures. J Ortho Rehab Surg. 2016 Vol.1 Issue 1

2017
Bone Grafting in Posttraumatic Bone Defects: Case Report and Review of literature. MJ Case. 2(1):28.2017

2019
A rare case of bilateral hip dislocation. Case Report. Journal of surgical case reports. 2017
Alonzo F, Cobar A, Cahueque M, Prieto JA. Bertolotti´s syndrome an underdiagnosed cause for lower back pain. Journal of surgical case reports, 2018;00,1-4

Special Interests

Dr. Andres Cobar is a nature enthusiast that enjoys sports like athletism scuba diving. Additionally,  he’s passionate about aviation.

Charity, Public Service, Donations

Dr. Andrés Cobar is the director of the first Scoliosis program in Guatemala, through the foundation: World Pediatric Project, which contributed to the program in Guatemala in 2018 and is close to performing the first ad honorem procedures for the correction of this congenital anomaly.