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Patient Stories

Evanston Woman Feels “Bionic” After Successful Spine Surgery

Posted in Orthopedic News, Glenview Division, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Like many people, Debra Stewart had lived with back pain for years. Several of her vertebrae were starting to compress, causing occasional discomfort in her lower back and one of her legs. In spite of her back issues, Debra was determined to stay active and fit. She enjoyed her workouts on the treadmill and with weights. When the pain flared up, she knew exactly what to do. She would pull out a floor mat and do the simple stretches she had learned to alleviate the pain. “Back pain was just a part of my life. And it was easily solved with exercise,” she explained recently.

Tags spinal surgery

IBJI Steps In When Patient's Surgeon Bows Out

Posted in What's New, Orthopedics, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Friday, 09 June 2017

Howard Weil was hitting tennis balls with a friend when the shoulder pain that had been bothering him grew so intense that tears started streaming down his face. Howard had always been a physically active person. In addition to playing racquet sports, he enjoyed spinning and had run several marathons.

Howard wasn’t ready to slow down, although he realized that he probably would need shoulder surgery if he was going to continue to do the things that he loved. He already had seen several orthopedic specialists for his shoulder pain. In fact, he thought he had found the right surgeon. He felt confident that someone who had performed upwards of 3,000 shoulder surgeries could get him back on the tennis court.

Tags shoulder surgery, University of Chicago, Arthritis

IBJI Surgeon Wins National Award for Leadership in Orthopedics

Posted in What's New, In the News, Community Involvement, Orthopedics, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Sunday, 14 May 2017

William J. Robb, III, MD, Recognized by his Peers with Highest Honor

IBJI is pleased to announce that William J. Robb, III, MD, has been selected as the 2017 winner of the William W. Tipton Jr., MD, Leadership Award. The Tipton Leadership Award is a high honor, which is bestowed annually by The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). Winning the Tipton Leadership Award elevates Dr. Robb into an elite group of orthopedic specialists. He is one of only 12 physicians ever to have earned this distinction.

Tags Orthopedic surgery, Tipton Leadership Award, AAOS

Baby Girl Born with Four Legs, Two Spines is Thriving, Thanks to Extraordinary Surgical Effort

Posted in What's New, In the News, Community Involvement, Orthopedics, Patient Stories on Tuesday, 28 March 2017

IBJI spine surgeon Dr. Eric Belin describes the life-changing procedure that’s making headlines

A 10-month-old girl who was born with four legs and two spines is doing remarkably well following a complex surgery that took place on March 8. IBJI’s Eric Belin, M.D., was the orthopedic surgeon on the surgical team assembled to operate on Dominique, an infant born in west Africa with an exceptionally rare condition.

Tags Advocate Children's Hospital, Dr. Belin, Children's Medical Mission West, Orthopedic surgery

After Devastating Accident, IBJI Surgeon Helps Musical Conductor Return to the Stage

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Chicago Division, Patient Stories on Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Patient Story– Paul Caldwell/Dr. Chen

Paul Caldwell was returning home one evening last spring when a reckless driver nearly ended his life. As Paul crossed Sheridan Road on Chicago’s far north side, the motorist ran a red light. Paul remembers the sound of tires screeching just before the car hit him. His injuries were severe. One ankle was badly damaged, as were both arms.

Tags orthopedics, elbow surgery, ankle surgery, Recovery

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

Shining Star, Mark Mikhael, MD

Posted in What's New, In the News, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Thursday, 10 December 2015

 

Mark Mikheal, MD

As seen in the November 2015 edition of NorthShore Now, a bi-monthly publication by NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Patient Grateful for Spine Surgeon and Nursing Staff

Randi Marks of Arlington Heights is an active 39-year old who is back to her usual workout routine four days a week. She has always been healthy, so when she developed numbness in her right hand earlier this year, she assumed it was nothing serious.

Over the next several months, Marks visited specialists to diagnose her condition. Then, after undergoing an electromyogram on Aug. 30, her neurologist sent her to the Emergency Department.

“When I showed up there, the last thing on my mind was emergency spine surgery,” said Marks, “but an MRI test indicated I had a serious spinal cord injury.” Marks was transferred to Evanston Hospital to undergo spine surgery the next day with spine surgeon Mark Mikhael, MD.

“Randi had compression of her spinal cord in three places due to an arthritic process occurring in the discs,” explained Dr. Mikhael. “This condition often has vague symptoms, such as numbness, clumsiness or problems with balance, but it can be a very scary experience because it is caused by pressure on the spinal cord.”

Tags spine surgery, Dr. Mark Mikhael, Randi Marks

Foot & Ankle Reconstruction Returns Skier to the Slopes Decades After Devastating Injury

Posted in What's New, Glenview Division, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Thursday, 05 November 2015

In early 1964, Cathy Smithers was an aspiring Olympian, skiing the slopes of Vermont with a close-knit group of friends who trained together. Her specialties were slalom, giant slalom and downhill. “I had a reputation of being the girl that everybody wanted to beat, including the boys, and it was really fun when I beat them!” Cathy recalls. On a practice run that February, she straddled the last gate of a slalom course and went down hard. She shattered both the tibia and fibula of her right leg.

After six weeks in traction, she was released from the hospital. The accident and subsequent skeletal traction and casting left her with tendon and ligament damage and a claw foot. Never one to back down from a challenge, Cathy was determined to ski again. A few years later, she joined her Olympics-bound friends in New Hampshire and skied a couple of runs. Not realizing she was skiing off balance due to her earlier injury, she fell again and re-fractured both bones. At the age of 19, she was told by her doctors that if she ever broke her leg again, she would never walk again. She was forced to give up skiing and her Olympic dreams.

Tags Dr. Steven L. Haddad, Cathy Smithers, Foot & Ankle Reconstruction

Ankle replacement serves as life-changer for Grayslake man

Posted in What's New, In the News, Libertyville Division, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Thursday, 09 July 2015

For more than 40 years, Grayslake resident Dan Chesman, 63, struggled with residual pain from a severe ankle injury he suffered in a toboggan accident as a young man.

Thanks to advancements in medical technology, he’s now enjoying a greater quality of life after undergoing a total ankle replacement.

“To anybody who’s considering it, I would say get it done yesterday, if not sooner,” said Chesman, whose surgery was performed in Jan. 2014, by Dr. Anand Vora, an orthopedic surgeon at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, which has locations in Grayslake, Libertyville and Chicago.

The full article written by Angela Sykora was published on mySuburbanLife.com 

Tags ankle replacement, ankle replacement surgery, ankle arthroplasty, ankle pain, ankle injury, Dr. Anand Vora, Libertyville

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