Dr. Alejandro Verdugo says he was one of those children who liked to take his toys apart to see how they worked. This curiosity combined with his youthful daredevil streak helped expose him to orthopedic surgeons at an early age. “I always wanted to do surgery. I could not imagine doing anything else. One of the things is that you can see results pretty much immediately. You are improving the quality of life of a patient by just changing some simple things.”
Dr. Verdugo graduated Magna Cum Laude from Anahuac University School of Medicine in 2002 and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery in 2008. He completed several fellowship programs including a Sports Medicine Fellowship at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012, Hand Surgery Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 2011, Adolescent and Young Adult, Hip Preservation Fellowship at Inselspital, University of Bern in Switzerland in 2010, and a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship at Shriners Hospital for Children/ Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 2009.
Dr. Verdugo treats patients of all ages, from children to folks in their 90s and older. Dr. Verdugo says he enjoyed being around children, and he thought it was important to learn how their bodies work. “Kids are not really only little adults, their whole system works in a different way. It was important to know a little bit more on how to treat them and how it worked.”
Dr. Verdugo credits the remarkable advances in his field for helping even more people. “Orthopedics is a very technology-oriented field. We are always looking for the greatest and more cutting-edge technologies to do something because the focus of orthopedics is to get you back moving. Yes, it is not your heart, it is not life or death most of the times, but it is directly related to your quality of life. If you are an active person, you want to continue to be active. That is our goal.”
Dr. Verdugo provides diagnosis and treatment for some of the most common conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, hand and wrist fractures, adolescent hip dysplasia as well as tendon problems. He will give you the time necessary to ask your questions about your condition and treatment options. “You do not treat conditions. You do not treat x-rays. You do not treat MRIs.” He will treat you as his patient who is in pain, and needs relief, “I try to be as thorough explaining the condition and the diagnosis to the patient and as thorough as I can to make them understand their options.”
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