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Dr. Arévalo specializes in advanced video laparoscopic surgery for the safety and comfort of his patients who appreciate all the benefits of using the latest high-tech surgical techniques.

Laparoscopic procedures are less invasive than the conventional open surgery methods, so that the patient can enjoy faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays and greatly reduced post-operative discomfort. For the last twenty years, laparoscopy was performed with scopes of 5-10mm in diameter. These days, Dr. Arévalo can perform surgery with micro precise laparoscopic forceps and advanced fiber-optic scopes that are only 2.8mm in diameter, which allow for better inspection and mobility within the abdominal cavity. The result is a smaller incision and less internal scarring. These minimally-invasive surgical techniques are now a required part of the basic curriculum in the best medical universities around the world.

Patients are usually sent to Dr. Arévalo from another doctor who has already confirmed a diagnosis and recommends the specialized minimally invasive surgery in which Dr. Arévalo specializes. For example, when gall stones can be pulverized and then removed with a 2.8mm scope, the patient can heal more quickly and return to normal activity within days. Other patients come for the “gastric sleeve” procedure for weight reduction. This method is normally preferred over the gastric by-pass because it is reversible and less invasive. Removing cysts from the liver and the Whipple procedure used to be invasive surgeries, but that is much easier now with advanced laparoscopic techniques.

In his career, to date in 2016, Dr. Arévalo has performed – attending or assisting – over 2000 surgeries, 80% of which are laparoscopic, and averages 500 surgeries per year. He normally responds to emergency, appendectomy, or other urgent cases, at Hospital Herrera Llerandi or Sanitario El Pilar.

After working in the surgical and emergency departments of the best known Guatemala City hospitals for several years, Dr. Arévalo opened his private practice in 2015 at the newly-built Sixtino II medical office building on 6a Avenida in zona 10 of Guatemala City. Dr. Arévalo speaks both English and Spanish to assure his patients of clear communication, as well as complete confidence in his cutting-edge technological capabilities.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Arévalo has participated in dozens of conventions and symposiums throughout Central America, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and with the Cleveland Clinic. He continues to up-grade his techniques with the latest advances in video laparoscopic and endoscopic microsurgery of the reproductive and digestive systems. Dr. Arélavo has also been an invited guest speaker, presenter and instructor in various laparoscopic advances to treat obesity, trauma, cancer and metabolic imbalances.

Asociacion de Cirujanos de Guatemala, Guatemala City
Guatemalan Association of Surgeons, Guatemala City
Board of directors, 2015-2016
Honored Guest Speaker, 2013

Asociación de Alumna de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Alumni Association of the UFM Medical School, Guatemala City
Active Member

Asociación Latinoamericana de Cirugía Endoscópica (ALACE)
The Latin American Association of Endoscopic Surgery
Guatemalan Representative to the 12th Annual Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Asociación de Argentina de Cirugía (AAC) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina Association of Surgery
Member of the Foreign Chapter
Attendee 84th Annual Congress, 2013

Asociación de Cirugía Bariátrica y Metabólica de Guatemala (ACBMG)
Association of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery of Guatemala
Member

Asociación Latinoamericana de Infección Quirúrgica (SIS-LA)
Latin American Association of Surgical Infections
Member

Centro de Entrenamiento en Cirugía Laparoscópica y Mini Invasiva, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Corrientes, Argentina
Center for Training of Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery, Northeastern University
Instructor

Congreso Nacional de Cirugía, Guatemala City
National Congress of Surgery
Member and regular attendee from 2003 to the present

Federación Latinoamericana de Cirugía (FELAC)
Latin American Federation of Surgery
Active member

Federación Internacional de Cirugía de la Obesidad (IFSO-LAC)
International Federation of Obesity Surgery
Member

Rotary Club International, Guatemala City
Member

Academic Affiliations

Universidad de Francisco Marroquin, Medical School, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Doctorate Degree in Surgery, 1996 – 2003
Silver Medal of Academic Excellence,  2003

Harvard University Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Elective in Cardio-thoracic Surgery, 2001

Harvard University Medical School, Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Elective in Emergency Medicine, 2001

Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Instituto Guatemalteco de Seguridad Social
University of San Carlos, School of Medical Sciences, Social Security Institute, Guatemala City
Chief Resident, Dept. of Surgery, 2008
President of the Board of Directors of the 16th Symposium of General Surgery Residents

Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Corrientes, Argentina
Center for Training and Research of Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Microsurgery

Hospital Clínica Bíblica, San José de Costa Rica
Instructor of Post-graduate course: Basic and Advanced Gynecological Laparoscopic Surgery, 2012

Publications

Tiroiditis de Hashimoto Inducida Experimentalmente en Ratas por Alta Ingesta de Yodo en la dieta.
The effects of experimentally inducing Hashimoto’s Disease in rats for high intake of dietary iodine.
Doctorate thesis. University of Francisco Marroquin, 2003

Casos Insolitos de Abdomen Agudo Quirurgico. Publicado en la Revista Guatemalteca de Cirugía
Unusual cases of acute abdominal surgery. Published in the Guatemalan Journal of Surgery.

Published by the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security. Guatemala, June 2011:

Guia de Referencia de Apendecitis Aguda para el tratamiento de Patologías Quirúrgicas.
Reference Guide for Acute Appendicitis for the Treatment of Surgical Pathologies

Guia de Referencia de Infecciones Intra-Abdominales.
Reference Guide for Intra-Abdominal Infections

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Special Interests

Dr. Arévalo has been researching the benefits of single-port laparoscopic surgery, and hybrid techniques, in order to give his patients the best possible outcome and quick recovery for intro-abdominal surgeries.

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery is a very exciting new modality in the field of minimal access surgery which works for further reducing the scars of standard laparoscopy to reduce blood loss and give better cosmetic results with faster recovery time.

Come back soon to read more about the latest treatment methods that this doctor finds most interesting.

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