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About Dr. Carlos A Guanche
Dr. Carlos A Guanche, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Van Nuys, CA. He has 31 years of experience. His specialties include Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Guanche is affiliated with Antelope Valley Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. He speaks English.
Dr. Carlos A Guanche has the following 2 specialties
- Sports Medicine
A sports medicine specialist is a physician who is trained to diagnose and treat injuries and conditions caused by participation in athletic activities.
These doctors are generally employed by professional sports teams to care for the athletes who are injured. They have extensive knowledge of the types of injuries that athletes are most susceptible to, such as stress fractures, sprains, concussions, muscle cramps, ACL injuries, and shin splints.
It is the responsibility of sports medicine specialist to clear athletes to return to the playing field when they are deemed fit. These doctors also advise athletes on how to avoid injury through proper care of their bodies while training.
- Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Carlos A Guanche has the following 8 expertise
- Shoulder Pain
- Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Arthroscopic Surgery (Arthroscopy)
- Sports Medicine
- Knee Osteoarthritis
- Knee Injuries
- Hip Surgery (Hip Replacement Arthroplasty)
Dr. Carlos A Guanche has 2 board certified specialties
See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience
Dr. Carlos A Guanche is Board Certified in 2 specialties
See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.
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Quite frankly, Dr. Guanche and his team are the best around!! This was my third surgery in 3 years with Dr. Guanche. My second proximal hamstring repair, and he repaired my hip impingement and torn labrum last year. I am also scheduled to have my other hip impingement fixed in six weeks.. With me, it seems like my hamstring tears are related to the underlying hip impingements on each side. I was devastated when my other hamstring tore at the insertion point, just when I thought I was ready to head back to competitive marathon racing after 2 years of surgeries. I have been to numerous orthopedic surgeons and they just don't compare to his master ability to read an MRI and know what is going on with a patient. He is conservative, yet knows how to listen and put together the pieces of a puzzle. Today, I walked right out of my brace and wheelchair, again 4 weeks after the hamstring surgery. I feel great and my gait is normal. I know I can't run for another 8 weeks, and probably more because of my second upcoming surgery, but I know I will based on how my hamstring feels. His entire staff is awesome. Monica his surgical coordinator is so nice and accommodating. Tina, his medical assistant is very nice and efficient. The surgical team and nurses are top notch, and always make me feel comfortable. I love that the surgical center is in the same bldg. as his office. His PA's and Fellows are always good and thorough. I really like his latest PA, Stephen. I like that Dr. Guanche is willing to review my films by mail and call me with his thoughts. My pre-op appts. are always the morning of my surgery days (generally Monday), so that I don't need to waste extra time given I fly out from Florida. My post op is always on Friday, when I am then cleared to fly home. I find that he and his staff are most responsive to emails versus phone calls (yes, they are busy people!). I have always gotten an email response immediately. There is no team of people that I would trust more with my heath than this one. Each year, in between my surgeries, I was able to be highly competitive with my running and win races. I need no more proof than that to know I found the right surgeon and staff supporting him. I do recommend that you go into surgery as fit as possible and that you move as much as possible during your post op. It will help your recovery. I still have some soreness around my incisions for the hamstring repair, but it will get better over the next few weeks. Use the ice machine they recommend 24/7, and know the PT protocol and your own limits. I recommend not waiting too long to have the hamstring repair done, as I was misdiagnosed for the first repair for several years, but had this one done within 6 weeks. It has made a huge difference in my recovery rate!
Dr. Guanche is a skilled surgeon! He repaired my torn hamstring tendon. This is a rare procedure only a handful of doctors know how to perform. I traveled half way across the country have this done. I had not met Dr. Guanche prior to the day of my surgery. But I was impressed because I did receive a phone call from him directly and was able to ask him questions before I decided to have the surgery. Thankfully, his office was able to schedule my pre-op appointment in the morning and my surgery the same afternoon in his surgery center in the same building without me having to make two separate trips. My husband is an orthopedic surgeon as well, but was not able to join me on the trip. My surgery was done arthroscopically so I asked Dr. Guanche if he could film it so my husband and I could watch it later. He graciously did so. My husband, a skilled surgeon himself, was thoroughly impressed. He commented that Dr. Guanches' knowledge and surgical skills in that area are top notch. I may need to have a similar procedure done on my other hip eventually and I will be going back to Dr Guanche!
I read some of the negative reviews which prompted me to write. I had a very good experience with Dr. Guanche. He seemed appropriately concerned and was very informative about my options. I didn't get any sense of arrogance and I wonder if the patient complaining about his "God" complex might be predisposed to this opinion about doctors in general.
At 29, I went to see Dr. Guanche after I had torn my labrum and could barely walk. I researched several doctors from San Diego to LA. I met with the other orthopedic surgeons and I had all of them review my films/images and they said they couldnât help me. The reasons I chose Dr. Guanche are because of his impressive background, awards and his extensive knowledge. He explained to me my options and what the expected outcome could be for me. Dr. Guanche is the only physician that took the time to answer all of my questions in his office, as well as after I got home and had more, he and his staff were quick to respond. He genuinely cares about his patients, their health and well-being. Dr. Guanche is one of 12 orthopedic surgeons in the nation that is held with such high regard amongst his peers and performs at such an exceptional level- from your everyday case/patient to the difficult to diagnose and treat. I would recommend Dr. Guanche to anyone in need of an orthopedic surgeon. He is the reason I am able to walk again.
Dr. Guanche is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
31 Years Experience
University Of Miami Leonard M Miller School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1987
Minneapolis Sports Medical Center
Dr. Carlos A Guanche accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Savings Plus of CA
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross California
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
- Blue Cross CA Advantage PPO Preferred DirectAccess Plus
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
- Blue Cross CA Pathway X PPO
- Blue Cross CA Select PPO
Blue Shield California
- BS CA Platinum 90 PPO
- Blue Shield CA Access Plus HMO
- Blue Shield CA Access Plus Savenet
- Blue Shield CA Bronze 60 PPO SHOP
- Blue Shield CA Local Access Plus HMO
- Blue Shield CA PPO
- Blue Shield CA Platinum Access+ HMO 25
- Blue Shield CA Platinum Local Access + HMO 25
- Blue Shield CA Silver 70 PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA Southern CA Value
- First Health PPO
- Health Net CA CommunityCare Network HMO
- Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
- Health Net CA HMO Whole Care Network
- Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
- Health Net CA PPO
- Health Net EPO - PureCare One Small Business
- Health Net PureCare HSP Individual and Family Plans
- Humana Choice POS
LA Care Health
- Molina Mrktplace CA
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- PHCS PPO Kaiser
- UHC SignatureValue Flex1
- UHC West SignatureValue Alliance
- UHC West SignatureValue HMO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
Locations & DirectionsCenter for Orthopedic Surgery, 6815 Noble Ave, Van Nuys, CA
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