Dr. Héctor Nuila is a well-respected orthopedic surgeon specializing in treatment of all aspects of bone and joint deterioration. He has been in private practice as the medical director of Ortotal since 2001. It is a multi-disciplinary orthopedic clinic offering all the services that a patient needs to actively participate in their own treatment plan, to reach full 100% recovery, and beyond.
Dr. Nuila had been the trusted surgeon for countless patients: from children with congenital defects to high-performance professional athletes, to older people with natural deterioration. He has worked with national football teams in all categories, the gymnastics federation, national ballet school, triathlon organizers, and other major sports teams. Foreign patients come from Europe and the United States, and closer to home, from Mexico and Belize, among many others, because they trust his skills and his ethics.
Although he performs about 400 orthopedic surgeries per year, Dr. Nuila says that 95% of his patients can be treated with physical therapy, rehabilitation, infiltrations or medications, thus avoiding invasive surgeries. And, nearly 50% arrive on weekends with emergency sports injuries. When patients arrive to his office with pain in their back, joints or bones, or recent sports injuries, Dr. Nuila draws from the skills and talent from over 20 years of experience to restore their comfort and mobility, just the way it used to be.
Knee arthroscopy and ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) repair are both minimally-invasive procedures, performed through two small puncture holes. Through the lens of the scope, the surgeon can see inside the knee and establish a diagnosis, to reconstruct the connective tissues, or determine a different treatment plan.
It is important to Dr. Nuila to try non-invasive methods first before considering surgery, resorting to it only when it’s absolutely necessary. If the patient is doubtful or unsure of having the operation done, Dr. Nuila will postpone it until the patient is completely informed and confident regarding the methods, outcome, risks and expectations.
The keyword before and after a total joint replacement is trust. Patients are more confident and positive about their recovery when they have physical therapy, pain management, vestibular therapy and nutritional guidance in a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation program. Ortotal administration even manages processing of insurance forms so that the patient has no stress during recovery. The doctors and therapists of Ortotal treat every patient with warm personal attention and a sincere devotion to their satisfaction and results.
Demanding the finest world-class quality technology and care for his patients, Dr. Nuila has his own anesthesiologist who has been working together with him for many years. The doctor’s own superior-quality German surgical instruments are replaced every few years to keep up with the latest generation technology available.
Dr. Nuila is a master in the therapeutic application of plasma-rich platelets and stem cells, for fast regeneration of bones, muscles and connective tissues. These cells are extracted from the patient’s own blood and bone marrow, enhanced in the lab, and then reintroduced to the injury site, to reduce fracture recovery time and enhance restoration of muscular, ligamentous or tendinous injury.
Dr. Nuila’s medical practice is devoted to scientific excellence, state of the art technology and evidence-based medicine, however, his artistic talent and passion for sports participation also contribute to the success of each person who is fortunate enough to be under his care.
Ortotal, Ortopedia de la Vanguardia, Guatemala Cuidad Ortotal, The Vanguard of Orthopedics
- Director Medical desde 1999. Medical Director in private practice from 1999 to 2017
Congreso Médico de los Juegos Pan-Americanos, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 2007 Medical Congress of the Pan – American Games, Brazil, 2007
- Participante – Participant
Federación Guatemalteca de Futbol. Guatemala Soccer (football) Federation
- Medico de Selecciones Nacionales, 1999-2006. Physician of National Selections, 1999-2006
Centro Médico Militar, Guatemala. Military Medical Center, Guatemala City
- Jefe de Servicio de Traumatología y Ortopedia. Chief Physician in Orthopedics and Trauma, 2000 – 2005
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Academia de Cirujanos Ortopédicas de EEUU
- Continuing education credits symposium, San Francisco, California, 2012
- International Affiliate Member since 2011, Miembro Internacional desde 2011
Consejo Mejicano de Ortopedia y Traumatología. Mexican Board of Orthopedics and Trauma
- Certificado del Consejo. Board certified
Asociación Guatemalteca de Ortopedia y Traumatología (AGOT) Guatemalan Association of Orthopedics and Trauma
- Simposio de Reemplazos Articulares de Cadera y Rodilla, 2013
- Instructor – Tratamiento Quirúrgico de Fracturas, 2004 y 2005
- Miembro Activo desde 2000. Active Member since 2000
La Sociedad Mexicana de Ortopedia y El Hospital Ángeles de Pedregal
- Curso Internacional Sobre Avances en Ortopedia Pediátrica. International Course in Advances in Pediatric Orthopedics, 1995
Commission on Cancer of the America College of Surgeons
- Cancer Management Course, Mexico City, 1995
Colegio de Médico y Cirujanos de Guatemala Guatemalan College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Miembro Activo. Active Member
Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation & Hughston Clinic, Columbus, Georgia, USA
- Advanced Total Hip Arthroplasty Surgical Symposium, 2008
- Advanced Surgical Hip and Knee Symposium, participant, 2002
American British Cowdray Medical Center, Mexico City
- Post-graduate specialization in Orthopedics and Trauma, 1995-1999
- Curso Avanzado de Apoyo Vital en Trauma, 1998. Advanced Course in Life Support and Trauma, 1998
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, D.F
- Especialista en ortopedia y traumatología, Programas de residencia médica – Especialidades generales, 1995 – 1999
- Diploma para Participación en VIII Curso Cirugía Vascular.
La Sociedad Mexicana de Ortopedia Pediátrica (SMOP), Acapulco, Guerrero, México
- Lesiones Nerviosas Agudas en Fracturas Supracondíleas de Húmero en Niños, 1996
Endo-Klinik, Hamburg, Germany. Special Clinic for Bone and Joint Surgery
- Surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder. Joint replacement surgery, 1998. Cirugía de rodilla cadera y hombro primaria y revisión, Cirugía de reemplazos articulares primaria y revisión, 1998
Universidad de San Carlos, Facultad de Medicina (USAC), Ciudad de Guatemala
- Título de Especialización en Trauma y Ortopedia, 1999
- Título de Doctor en Medicina 1997. Doctorate Degree – Physican and Surgeon, 1997
Clínica Londres, México, D.F.
- Residencia Rotatoria de Post-graduado, 1993-94. Post-graduate medical resident, 1993-94
Instituto Superior de Ciencias Médicas de la Habana, Cuba Institute of Medical Science of Havana Cuba
- Doctor en Medicina, Medical Doctorate Degree 1986-1992
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Porcentaje de Luxaciones en Artroplastia Total de Cadera por Dr. Héctor Nuila H. y colegas.
- Publicado por “Revista Mexicana de Ortopedia y Traumatología”.
Prevención de las Luxaciones en Artroplastia Total de Cadera: Revisión de 200 Casos por Dr. Héctor Nuila H. y colegas.
- Publicado por “Revista Mexicana de Ortopedia Pediátrica”.
Tratamiento Quirúrgico de las Facturas Diafisarias de Humero por Dr. Héctor Nuila H. y colegas.
- Publicado por “Revista Mexicana de Ortopedia y Traumatología”.
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Dr. Nuila recognizes the importance of biotechnology in the form of stem cells and plasma-rich platelets to give his patients fast and successful healing results, and Ortotal offers a specialized laboratory in the clinic to offer these services. He continues to research up to date breakthroughs and advances in both applications.
Please write to us about your experience with the doctor in the “Comments” section below. Other patients will be interested to know more about the doctor’s skill, experience, ethics and personal attention, as they resulted in your successful outcome
I first heard about Dr. Nuila through Olympic Committee contacts. After our first meeting and hearing about his training and experience, I felt very comfortable with Dr. Nuila. The post-operative service at Hospital Multimédica was first rate. After months of physical therapy, done on my own using Dr. Nuila’s famous exercise diagrams, my shoulder was as good as new. I am so very satisfied with the results of the operation.
G.S. in Antigua Guatemala, 2015
Being an Olympic cycle Sailing athlete fighting to qualify for the Panamerican Games Guadalajara 2011, a rotator cuff injury represented a giant obstacle to overcome. However, Dr. Nuila carefully analyzed my situation after ordering imaging studies. He proposed that the best option, considering recovery time and my sporting ambitions, would be to surgically correct the rotator cuff. Surgery went marvelous, I qualified to the PanAm’s and currently, my previously injured shoulder has become the strongest one. To this day, I remain confident in Dr. Nuila’s medical care.
Guillermo Sánchez, 2017
Peer Reviews From Other Doctors
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I would highly recommend Dr. Hector Nuila because he is an honest and conservative trauma specialist. His primary vision is to give the patient the best possible service and attention because they really deserve it. I appreciate that Dr. Nuila loves to work together with us as a team, for the all-around benefit of each patient.
Dr. Lisa María Rosales, Ortotal, February 2017
Charity, Public Service, Donations
Public service and caring for the less fortunate is a way of life in the Latin culture
Dr. Nuila has a program called “Social Responsibility” that offers check-ups, procedures, and therapy to patients in small rural communities far from the city. In many cases, Dr. Nuila donates surgical care to Guatemalans without the resources to pay for normal medical expenses.
Patient Success Stories
Every patient has different circumstances and expectations. We will tell you about an interesting and unusual case that the doctor was able to turn around with unexpectedly outstanding results
In the case of the gentleman from Colombia, he had operations on his leg in three other countries, but the injury still refused to heal. After more suffering and disability, the patient came to Dr. Nuila for a fourth attempt to correct his injury. When Dr. Nuila reconstructed the femur (thigh bone from hips to knees), the patient was amazed that the pain was gone, the operation was a success, and his leg was finally on the way back to complete health.