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Morton Grove Division

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

IBJI Welcomes Dr. Chinyoung Park

Posted in What's New, In the News, Morton Grove Division on Wednesday, 03 February 2016

 

Chinyoung Park

Des Plaines, IL – Chinyoung Park, MD, who is dual board-certified in rheumatology and internal medicine, has joined the team at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. Dr. Park treats patients with arthritis and other inflammatory, autoimmune, and pain-related disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis. She has special training in treating vasculitis.

Dr. Park earned her undergraduate degree in biology at University of Illinois, volunteering at local hospitals during summer breaks. She completed her medical degree at Loyola University Medical Center and then an internal medicine residency at Michael Reese Hospital where she became fascinated with the field of rheumatology. She went on to complete rheumatology fellowships at both University of Chicago and Cleveland Clinic.

Tags rheumatology, Dr. Chinyoung Park, Internal Medicine

Specialist in Comprehensive Spine Surgery Joins Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Posted in What's New, In the News, Morton Grove Division on Sunday, 24 January 2016

 

Eric J. Belin, MD

Eric Belin, MD, who specializes in adult and pediatric comprehensive spine surgery, recently joined the staff of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Belin treats adults and children with a wide range of spinal issues including scoliosis, kyphosis, degenerative deformity, fractures, tumors, cervical degeneration, spondylolisthesis, disc herniation and low back pain.

A strong proponent of patient-centered care, Dr. Belin is fellowship trained in both adult and pediatric orthopedic spine surgery. Prior to joining IBJI, Dr. Belin taught complex spine surgery techniques at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He has experience performing minimally invasive procedures using very small incisions, as well as expertise in fully open revision and tumor removal surgeries. Dr. Belin places great value on working collaboratively with patients to create personalized treatment plans.

Tags Dr. Eric Belin, Adult Spine Surgery, Pediatric Spine Surgery

50 Years of Scoliosis Research – What We’ve Learned

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Morton Grove Division on Tuesday, 29 September 2015

 

Steven M. Mardjetko, MD

When members of the Scoliosis Research Society gather this fall to observe the 50th anniversary of the renowned organization’s founding, one of IBJI’s experts will be on hand for the celebration. Steven Mardjetko, MD, is among the most highly regarded physicians in the world when it comes to scoliosis research, treatment and innovation. Dr. Mardjetko has been treating pediatric patients with spinal deformities since the 1980s. Over that time, he has witnessed and been part of some extraordinary advances in terms of how pediatric spine specialists diagnose, evaluate, and treat scoliosis and other pediatric spinal deformities. Below are some of the key developments in scoliosis knowledge from a recent interview with Dr. Mardjetko.

scoliosis

#1 - We now have definitive proof that bracing is effective.
The use of braces to correct abnormal spine shape has shifted in and out of favor over the past 50 years. Back in the 1970s, braces were standard treatment protocol for children and adolescents with spinal deformities like scoliosis. Questions arose, however, about the efficacy of brace treatment in the 1980s and some physicians stopped advising patients to use them, opting instead for surgical intervention. According to Dr. Mardjetko, bracing has now been rigorously researched and evaluated. Key research findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirm that bracing significantly decreases the progression of high-risk curves to the threshold for surgery in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. (Weinstein, M.D. Stuart L., et al. “Effects of Bracing in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis.” New England Journal of Medicine 369:1512-1521 (2013). Dolan, Ph.D., Lori A., et al) “Bracing works,” says Dr. Mardjetko, “and it frequently eliminates the need for surgery.”

Tags scoliosis, Scoliosis Research Society, Spinal Deformity, Dr. Steven Mardjetko, MAGEC spinal growth rod system

IBJI’s Dr. Ritesh Shah Publishes His First Book

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Morton Grove Division on Friday, 25 September 2015

 

Ritesh R. Shah, MD

Pocket Orthopaedic Surgery Is Comprehensive Reference Guide for Health Care Professionals

IBJI is pleased to announce that one of its own, Ritesh Shah, MD , has published his first book. The book, Pocket Orthopaedic Surgery, was released earlier this month by Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy.
Dr. Shah’s book is described by Wolters Kluwer Health as the “go-to resource for the essential orthopaedic information you need in a high-yield, easy-to-use format. Concise and well organized … this pocket-sized powerhouse delivers highly relevant orthopaedic coverage in an easily portable source, making reference quick and easy.”

The idea for the book came to Shah when he was a surgical resident at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Like many physicians, Dr. Shah was familiar with Pocket Medicine, an internal medicine handbook that is widely used by medical professionals. Dr. Shah thought that a similar book on orthopaedic surgery would be helpful for his fellow surgery residents and for a host of other health care professionals including family practice doctors, sports medicine doctors and physical therapists who see patients with orthopaedic issues.

Tags Dr. Ritesh Shah, Pocket Orthopaedic Surgery Book

Choosing the Medicare Plan That’s Right for You

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Arlington Heights Division, Bannockburn Division, Chicago Division, Gurnee Division, Glenview Division, Libertyville Division, Morton Grove Division on Monday, 21 September 2015

It’s estimated that 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 and become Medicare-eligible on any given day. The rules concerning how to enroll in Medicare, however, can be confusing. People who are newly eligible typically have lots of questions. Will I need a referral to see a specialist? Is there a cap on what my annual out-of-pocket expenses may be? Can I get prescription drug coverage under my Medicare plan? It’s critical to get those questions answered and understand the differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans because the consequences can be significant if you choose the wrong kind of coverage.

The Medicare Rights Center outlines the key differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans in an easy to understand format. To learn more visit http://www.medicareinteractive.org or download the Medicare Rights Summary Flier.

Tags Medicare, Medicare Advantage

Taizoon Baxamusa, MD Weighs in on Sports Injuries with USA Today

Posted in In the News, Orthopedic News, Morton Grove Division on Monday, 20 July 2015

 

Taizoon Baxamusa MD

In USA Today's July 10, 2015 edition, sports columnist Nancy Armour reports on New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson, who had to have fingers amputated following fireworks-related accidents.

In the article, IBJI's Dr. Taizoon Baxamusa, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the hand and upper extremity, offers further insight into such injuries and the impact they have on return to play. Read the full article.

Tags USA Today, Jason Pierre-Paul, C.J. Wilson, fireworks injury, Dr. Taizoon Baxamusa

IBJI Welcomes Alejandra Rodriguez-Paez, MD

Posted in What's New, Morton Grove Division on Saturday, 30 May 2015

 

Alejandra C. Rodriguez-Paez, MD

Rheumatology specialist Alejandra Rodriguez-Paez, MD , has joined the team at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. Dr. Rodriguez is board-certified in rheumatology and internal medicine. She specializes in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, gout, Sjögren’s syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoporosis, vasculitis and other connective tissue diseases.

Dr. Rodriguez works closely with her patients to develop effective, highly individualized approaches to care that may include medications, physical therapy, exercise, diet and more. With a focus on managing rheumatologic care for the long-term and customizing treatment plans for each patient, she presents options that range from conservative to aggressive, helping patients evaluate and choose treatment plans that will help them achieve their best function.

Tags Dr. Alejandra Rodriguez-Paez

IBJI Supports ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run & 3K Walk

Posted in What's New, In the News, Community Involvement, Arlington Heights Division, Bannockburn Division, Chicago Division, Gurnee Division, Glenview Division, Libertyville Division, Morton Grove Division on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute is proud to sponsor the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run & 3K Walk on June 18, 2015.

For 21 years, the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run & 3K Walk has proven itself as a landmark event in the Chicagoland area and is a major fundraiser for the Leukemia Research Foundation. Each June, more than 2,500 people gather along Chicago's lakefront to run, walk and raise funds in search of a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and all blood cancers in memory of Jim Gibbons. Jim was a highly-respected 25-year veteran investigative reporter at ABC 7 when he succumbed to leukemia in 1994.

This years' 21st annual celebration will be held in Chicago's Grant Park. Janet Davies and Frank Mathie have been the honorary co-chairs since the event's inceptions and will lead many on-air personalities with event coverage.

For more information or to register to run or walk, visit http://gibbons5k.com.

Tags Leukemia Research Foundation, ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run & 3K Walk

Common Injury, Uncommon Treatment

Posted in What's New, Morton Grove Division, Patient Stories on Tuesday, 12 May 2015

High School Athlete Braces Up – and Wins

In 2013, Tom Sora was headed for a distinguished college football career. The high school senior was defensive captain of his team at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles and college scouts had their eyes on him.

But just minutes into the team’s first game of the season, Tom’s rosy prospects seemed to vanish. In one damaging play, his right arm was pushed back - hard.

“It was a scary moment,” remembers his mom, Linda. “Tom dropped to one knee and waved for help with his other arm. The whole place was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.”

Tom says, “I felt something in my shoulder slide and it didn’t go back. I tried moving my arm and couldn’t. It just felt like the joint was outside where it was supposed to be.”

Dr. Marc Breslow, Notre Dame’s team physician and an orthopaedic surgeon at IBJI-Morton Grove, ran onto the field with Tom’s coach.

He recalls, “After asking Tom a couple questions, we laid him down on the ground. Under his shoulder pads, I could feel the ball of the shoulder out in the front of the socket.”

Dr. Breslow expertly popped it back in.

“Tom felt me pop it back in, that really hurts, but after that, there’s little or no pain,” he says. “Kids think they can go right back into the game, but of course, that’s not what we do.”

Dr. Breslow and trainers took Tom out, got his pads off, and iced and immobilized the injury and Dr. Breslow told the Sora’s to come to IBJI on Monday for an MRI.”

Tags Dr. Marc Breslow, Notre Dame College Prep, Tom Sora, Bankart tear

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