Study of Hand and Shoulder Surgery Outcomes Returns Excellent Safety Record

Posted in In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Glenview Division on Thursday, 30 June 2016

A new analysis of outpatient hand and shoulder surgeries reveals an impressive safety record. The study, published in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, examined the surgical outcomes of hand and shoulder procedures performed at an ambulatory surgical center over more than a decade and found few complications. Researchers reviewed cases to identify adverse events including post-operative infection, return to the operating room or transfer to a hospital, blood clot or other complication related to surgery.

Tags orthopedics, Hand and Shoulder Surgery, Outpatient Surgery

Crocodile Lovers

Posted in In the News on Monday, 27 June 2016

Crocs-lovers beware: your most comfortable shoes are not that great for your feet. Dr. Megan Leahy of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute was recently featured in The Huffington Post for her insight into those distinctive kicks. In a piece titled, “Here’s What Podiatrists Think of Your Crocs,” Dr. Leahy explains, “although Crocs offer nice arch support,” they fail to adequately secure the heel which can cause our toes to grip. Dr. Leahy says this can lead to “tendinitis, worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses. The same thing can happen with flip flops or any backless shoe as the heel is not secured.” Podiatrists across the board say Crocs are okay for short periods of time but, to avoid pain and injury, switch to a more supportive shoe to keep your feet happy. Read the rest of this article, here!

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IBJI Sports Medicine: Moving Better, Playing Better.

Posted in What's New, In the News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Monday, 06 June 2016

There’s no greater reward for the team at IBJI than to see our patients recover quickly and return to the activities they love. Two of our younger patients were recently featured in the Chicago Tribune following successful shoulder injury treatment at IBJI. Read more about the comeback stories of Zach Shutan, a Deerfield pitcher, and Harry Larson, a Lake Forest football and lacrosse star, by clicking on the links below:

Tags sports medicine, Health Performance Institute, HPI, IBJI Rehab, sports recovery, top sports medicine doctors

From Jaws of Life to Miracle of Life

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics, Imaging & Diagnostics, Morton Grove Division, Patient Stories on Friday, 13 May 2016

Mandi Fier Shares Her Journey from a Near Death, Fatal Accident to Living and Loving Life Again

Mandi Fier was 23 years old when she and her fiancé were in a near fatal car accident. First responders on the scene used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate Mandi from the wreckage. She suffered severe multiple injuries and most critically, she broke her right hip and shattered her pelvis in four places.

Tags Hip Replacement, Pelvic Reconstruction, Pelvis, joint replacement, trauma, best trauma surgeon

What is Osteoporosis? Types, Symptoms and Causes

Posted in Orthopedics on Friday, 13 May 2016

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As we age, a bone-thinning condition known as osteoporosis may develop, causing a loss of bone mass. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Osteoporosis affects approximately 10 million people in the United States and over 200 million people worldwide. One of the dangerous of such a common and widespread condition is that osteoporosis often goes undetected do to a lack of symptoms.

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Magnets are Helping Make Back Braces a Thing of the Past

Posted in In the News on Monday, 09 May 2016

Cal Sorensen is an 11-year-old who loves to play sports. After years of being in a back brace failed to straighten his severely curved spine, Cal can now shoot, swing and throw thanks to a new technique doctors are increasingly using for growing patients. Last August rods were surgically placed into Cal’s back to straighten his spine, incorporating the use of a magnetic pull. Dr. Steven Mardjetko,  Illinois Bone and Joint Institute orthopedic surgeon, called this procedure a dual rod growth construct. 

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Hip Resurfacing Surgery – Advantages and Recovery Time

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 28 April 2016

Hip resurfacing is a conservative artificial joint replacement, where the hip joint is relined, instead of being completely replaced as in total hip replacement procedure. The goal of hip resurfacing is to provide a more active and improved quality of life. This is done by restoring functionality to the hip through replacing damaged bone and cartilage in the socket, while preserving as much natural bone as possible. In hip resurfacing, the femoral head is not removed, but is instead trimmed and resurfaced with a smooth metal dome.

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What IBJI Sports Medicine Specialists Want Parents to Know About Contact Sports and the Risk of Brain Injuries

Posted in In the News, Orthopedic News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics on Monday, 11 April 2016

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A recent story in the Chicago Tribune drew attention to a growing body of research suggesting that young soccer players may be at risk for brain injuries, especially concussions. IBJI’s Dr. Gregory Portland and Dr. David Garelick contacted the Tribune after this important story ran to share additional information for parents and young players.

Tags Soccer injury, soccer injury treatment, physical therapy, concussion

When Hospitals Acquire Medical Practices, Costs Go Up for Patients

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News on Thursday, 17 March 2016

man with back pain

The healthcare landscape has shifted dramatically in recent years. One of the biggest changes is the rapid growth of hospital-owned physician practices. Increasingly, independent physician groups have been merging with and being acquired by large hospital systems. For consumers, this can have significant implications, especially when it comes to price. Outpatient care can cost more when that care is obtained at a medical practice that is owned by a hospital.

Tags Orthopedics Costs, affordability, quality care

Bone Grafting: What is Bone Grafting?

Posted in Orthopedic News on Tuesday, 08 March 2016

A bone graft is a surgical procedure to transplant bone tissue. Surgeons use bone grafts to fix problems with bones or joints, to repair and rebuild diseased bones in your hips, knees, spine, and sometimes other bones and joints. Bone grafting or transplanting of bone tissue is beneficial in fixing bones after trauma, some fractures, problem joints, or growing bone around implanted devices, such as total knee replacement (TKR).

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