Orthopedic Surgeon, Jose R. Carreras Among Most Experienced In His Field

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Dr. Jose R. Carreras.
Dr. Jose R. Carreras.

Mega Doctor News – 

By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez,

Jose R. Carreras is a medical doctor at Mission Orthopedics.  He specializes in general Orthopedic Surgery and is a highly experienced doctor with 33 years of practice in the field.  Orthopedics is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system.

As an Orthopedic surgeon, he uses both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.

Dr. Carreras told Mega Doctor News that some of the procedures that he performs most often at Mission Orthopedics are: hip implants, shoulder, elbow, foot, and ankle surgeries. It is important to note that Dr. Carreras has performed more than 10,000 surgeries; he is one of the best orthopedic surgeons in his field in the Rio Grande Valley.

According to Dr. Carreras, the uniqueness of his practice is that he likes to see his patients regain proper musculoskeletal function so he dedicates his time and effort to make sure that his patients receive the best treatment possible to make them well again.

People consult with Dr. Carreras sometimes complaining that their entire bodies ache or they feel only one pain when usually there are multiple pains. “The important thing here is to sort out the pains to be able to prescribe the correct treatment,” he said.

Meeting with Dr. Carreras is an experience in itself, as Mega Doctor News spoke with him it was obvious that his medical profession is one that brings satisfaction, but at the same time brings very complex situations especially when patients are not able to walk.

One interesting thing about him is that when he finished college he had the idea to join his father in a trucking business. His father told him, “no way that you are working in the trucking business”.

Dr. Carreras’ response to his father, “If you pay for my medical school, I will go.” His father’s reply was short and to the point, “I will pay.”

This sounds and feels like a negotiation but it wasn’t, the truth was that his father knew very well what he was doing. His father became an orphan when he was 16; with sacrifice, hard work and determination he put himself through college, so there was no way he was going to deny his son an opportunity to have a higher education.

“My father was Luis Carreras; he was an agronomist (a person who uses the science of soil management and the production of field crops food, fuel, fiber, and reclamation). During the time that I was growing up, he acted as the Chief of Agriculture in Puerto Rico until he retired. Later he started a trucking company, from which he also retired when he decided to become a Marlin fisherman for five years. He fished on the northern part of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic until he passed away. My mother Eva Acevedo Carreras was a teacher and when she had retired, she spent her time teaching the elderly how to read,” Dr. Carreras said.

Dr. Carreras was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico; he went to high school at the Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia in 1968.  He graduated from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelors Degree in 1972; and obtained a medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico in June of 1976.  Dr. Carreras went to Fajardo Hospital in Puerto Rico from July 1976 thru July 1977 for his rotary internship, also Mayaguez Medical Center from August 1977 thru May 1978. His General Surgery Residency was done at San Juan City Hospital in Puerto Rico from July 1978 thru June 1979. He did Indigent Work at Arecibo Regional Hospital from July 1979 thru July 1980.  He did a second surgical internship at Howard University in Washington D.C. and also did a Residency thru June 1981. He traveled to El Paso, Texas to finish at Thomason Hospital University of Texas at El Paso from July 1981 thru 1985.

He met friends in Residency at UTEP from Mission and decided to come to Texas to open his practice.  At that time there were no sponsorships from hospitals, so he borrowed money from the bank in order to start his practice.  Dr. Carreras pointed out that the challenges he had in his career were 28 years ago.

Dr. Carreras has been practicing for 33 years and is one of the best surgeons in the field of orthopedic surgery.  Today, the main focus of his practice is his patients, “If the patients comes to me with problems, I like to get them back to how they were before or as close to it as possible; that is exciting to me,” he said.

You can call (956) 581-6228 to make an appointment with Dr. Jose Carreras at Mission Orthopedics located at 1313 St. Claire Blvd. in Mission, Texas.