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Patient Stories

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

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

Hip Resurfacing Restores a Chicago Firefighter’s “Fire”

Posted in What's New, Morton Grove Division, Patient Stories on Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Joe Simz, 45, feels he “won the lottery” becoming a Chicago firefighter/EMT.

After taking the qualifying exam in the mid-90’s and hearing nothing back, he ended up working for a local utility company. Then one day out of the blue, the call came.

“It took them ten years,” says Joe, “but when they finally called, I jumped at the chance to join the Chicago Fire Department.”

In the meantime, Joe had built a full and busy life. He had married a police officer and they had two children, both competing on travelling hockey, baseball and football teams. Joe and his wife managed to keep all the plates spinning, despite crazy schedules - and physically demanding jobs.

Says Joe, “As a firefighter, it’s not unusual to carry up to 100 pounds in gear up several flights of stairs, then carry someone down.”

Unfortunately, in late 2012, pain began to impact Joe’s ability to keep up with work and life. As a runner logging eight to ten miles regularly for many years, Joe was familiar with normal aches and pain, but the groin pain he felt was different – and debilitating.

Tags Hip Resurfacing, Joe Simz, Dr. Ritesh Shah

Back on “Course and Courts” with Double Hip Replacement

Posted in What's New, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Saturday, 25 April 2015

Paula Gilbert, 60, exudes unstoppable energy.

The Hoffman Estates resident plays competitive tennis several times a week. She hits the slopes with her family every winter and spring on visits with her grown children in Colorado. And summer? Golf, of course.

But in 2012, pain got in her way.

“At first, I couldn’t bend over to pick up a tennis ball,” she remembers. “One doctor said it was muscle strain and told me to rest. Another put me in physical therapy thinking it was a back issue.”

By fall, pain radiated down the entire right side of her leg and her knee hurt.

“It felt like I was falling apart, but there I was, putting on capri leggings to hold on the heat patches I’d stuck up and down my leg so I could keep playing tennis. I was really in denial.”

Then Paula’s mom, Stella, 86, had a hip replacement at IBJI. Stella was thrilled with her care and more mobile than ever.

Says Paula, “I certainly wasn’t thinking my situation was as bad as my Mom’s, but I did know I needed better care, so I gathered up my medical records and went to IBJI in Glenview.”

Paula, her husband and three kids, had visited the IBJI Glenview team several times before. The active and athletic family had sustained a few injuries, from shoulder dislocations to ACL/MCL tears. Despite the distance – they lived in Barrington – they felt the drive well worth it for the great care they got.

Tags Van Stamos MD, Double Hip Replacement, Paula Gilbert

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