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Hand Surgery Without Any Scars: David F’s Story

2019-02-01T10:08:45-05:00September 26th, 2018|

Dr. Williams is a PHENOMENAL hand surgeon. I had to have two operations 11 months apart. His work was brilliant, perfect, and I have NO scarring at all. Only two small, ruler-straight, very faint white lines that only show up under strong direct lighting. And my hand works perfectly. Add to this the fact that he has an extraordinary team and is just a great and humble guy, you couldn't ask for better. And no, I am not related to him or a personal friend. I was recommended to him by my first hand doctor, a pediatric surgeon who went to Dr. Williams to fix his hand. That was endorsement enough for me.

Journey through Knee Replacement: Gene’s Story

2019-04-23T20:33:19-05:00April 23rd, 2019|

Extremely pleased with my surgery, After diagnosis and commitment to have total knee replacement, I began my journey with IBJ educational information, including video of procedure i was anticipating. Pre-surgical checklist and Postoperative appointments were scheduled. Internet resources were available. Antibiotic information was provided. A customized care coordination plan was set with Feb 4th, 2019 surgery date, Home Health scheduled on Feb 7th with Aspire Home Health including nursing and physical therapy beginning immediately. Aspire Home Health was extremely competent, making my recovery easy, re-evaluating all my medications with focus on pain management, wound care, strengthening exercises and safety. Daily questionnaire from Dr. Jimenez with focus on my progress came from IBJ and ortho team. My range of motion was [...]

20-Year-Old Athlete Back in the Game After Ankle Tissue Graft: Hannah’s Story

2019-02-01T10:15:23-05:00August 13th, 2018|

Dr. Vora is a spectacular doctor who wants to do what is right by the patient, not the practice. I had two previous ankle surgeries at RUSH, however, the damage of my ankle was so much worse that RUSH’s two operations would’ve never worked because I needed an entire ‪ankle allograft. Before my surgery with Vora I couldn’t even walk a mile without my ankle swelling like a balloon, which was not ideal being an elite 20-year-old athlete; but now, a year later, I am able to do any activity without any pain what-so-ever. It’s such a night and day difference. Lastly, Vora cares so much about the patient at hand and uses surgery as a last resort, plus he's [...]

Traveling Again Without Hip Pain: Jean B’s Story

2019-02-01T10:05:26-05:00October 17th, 2018|

Dr. Peter Thadani gave me back my active life! My hip discomfort began twenty years ago, and by 2017, the pain had become so severe that I had given up many many activities that I used to enjoy, especially traveling with my family and taking daily long walks with my husband. Climbing the stairs to our bedroom had become a slow and dreaded process, inactivity had caused weight gain, and my condition was affecting our family’s travel choices. I knew it was time to consider hip replacement. I made an appointment to see Dr. Thadani, an expert in “anterior approach” hip replacement surgery - a method that I heard results in a shorter hospital stay and swifter recovery. Dr. Thadani [...]

Enjoyed a Three Week Bicycle Trip Without Back Pain: Jim’s Story

2019-02-01T10:34:10-05:00July 27th, 2018|

Recently I hurt my back for the first time.  Waking up the next morning, I was in great pain, and almost unable to move.  This was also 3 days before my wife and I were taking a 3 week bicycle trip celebrating her recent retirement.  I was eventually able to get myself to the IBIJ OrthoAccess facility in Glenview.  Fantastically, they got me in within minutes, gathering my information and getting an initial set of x-rays as quickly and easily as I could imagine.  Once back in the examination room and after only a short wait, I met with Dr. Gary Shapiro, a spine specialist.  After reviewing the x-rays, Dr. Shapiro very patiently listened to the story, asked great questions [...]

Effective Knee Care Leads to Enjoyable Retirement: Kim’s Story

2019-02-01T14:02:40-05:00July 27th, 2018|

My name is Kim Davila, patient for Dr. Joseph D’Silva, MD. I have been under his care for over five years for my knee. I am now able to exercise, take long walks, attend Zumba, salsa, and belly dancing classes. I am 63 years old and a retired government employee of 33 years. I am now able to enjoy my retirement due to my knee care from Dr. D’Silva. I am so grateful to him, I have also lost 50 pounds during his care.

From Excruciating Pain to Zumba: Lynn’s Story

2019-02-01T10:07:50-05:00October 16th, 2018|

By the last month before a total hip replacement, in order to get up from a sitting position without a cane, I had to put my weight on my hands flat on the floor until able to pull up to standing position. Pain was a 98 out of 100. Three months, to the day, post surgery, Dr. Hill cleared me for my old exercise; I was at Zumba that night! Took about a month after that to get stamina back. Pain is now a zero out of 100. Zero. Bear in mind, the first weeks post surgery are surprisingly painful, but the HUGE difference is every day brings improvement. Do exactly what your doctor and PT tell you to, and [...]

Knee Revision Eliminates Chronic Pain: Margaret’s Story

2019-02-01T14:00:44-05:00July 27th, 2018|

In March of 2017 I had my knee replaced. For over a year I suffered with chronic pain/swelling of my leg and burning. I had three other surgeries and even a nerve block. The original surgeon never ordered a CT scan as recommended by the consulting physician he recommended. Finally, in March 2018 I had a CT and it was noted the cement of the device was not holding. I could actually feel the device mobile in my leg. Because I was crying daily in pain, one doctor deferred me to go to the Mayo clinic for treatment. He also missed diagnosed me as having chronic pain syndrome, even though I had told him I was assessed for that and [...]

HPI Allowed Me to Walk Again Without Pain: Mike E’s Story

2019-02-01T10:12:39-05:00September 26th, 2018|

Since 2016, three sets of initials have made a great positive impact on my physical health and my mental outlook: IBJI, OHP, and HPI. While I had been moderately active in sports through college, by the time I completed some professional degrees, got married, and was working, most of my leisure time was spent eating, reading, and passively watching sports on TV. Over the years my physical condition become so poor that I could not walk easily or get out of a chair without requiring assistance and feeling pain. Although I could still work at my desk, I was burden to myself and loved ones and was depressed. In 2017, I was referred to IBJI- The Illinois Bone and Joint [...]

Getting Back to Normal After Shoulder Surgery: Steve & Evangeline’s Story

2019-02-01T14:59:17-05:00January 2nd, 2018|

Life was never easy especially if you have a congenital shoulder dislocation. My husband went through this multiple times. He needed surgery. We heard about IBJI and it was a tough decision to make who is the right surgeon to choose. I personally know 4 patients who used the institution and was a terrific success. We prayed for guidance, wisdom and direction. A clear, warm feeling touched our hearts. We chose Dr. Gregory Portland for the job. Equipped with a sea of knowledge, latest technology, an unparalleled execution of his medical equipment, the surgery was a success. Life was back to normal. The intermitent worries, exceeding pains and suffering during dislocation were gone. This was possible because of the stellar [...]

Free From Excruciating Sciatica Pain: Susan’s Story

2019-02-04T08:03:39-05:00January 8th, 2017|

I could barely walk and I was crying when I walked in IBJI. Asked to see a doctor and Dr. Brian Clay treated me over a period of several months. He was fabulous. I had several things going on besides a pinched nerve. I had three injections and therapy. I am 70 years old and very active. I occasionally do the exercises I learned in therapy, I am careful about certain movements concerning my back, but I have been totally free from that excruciating sciatica pain. Thank you, Dr. Brian Clay.

Winning Marathons After My Hip Arthroscopy and Labrum Repair: Jack’s Story

2019-04-15T10:45:58-05:00April 1st, 2019|

I am a competitive amateur marathon runner who had completed 21 marathons prior to my injury. I began having muscle pain in my stomach and groin area and I thought it was just a pulled muscle. The pain was manageable with naproxen but it progressively got worse, so I went to my GP. He thought it may be a hernia so he sent me to a surgeon. The surgeon promptly told me I did not have a hernia, but just a muscle strain and prescribed physical therapy for six weeks. The pain got a little better so I just kept running and taking naproxen. After the pain got worse with more weekly mileage, I returned to the surgeon who told me that [...]