IBJI OrthoInform Podcast

IBJI OrthoInform is a podcast from Illinois Bone & Joint Institute designed with patients in mind. Orthopedic physicians from IBJI explain what patients need to know about orthopedic conditions and treatments, including what to expect before and after surgery.

Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy refers to the viewing of the interior of the acetabulofemoral (hip) joint through an arthroscope and the treatment of hip pathology through a minimally invasive approach. This technique is sometimes used to help in the treatment of various joint disorders and has gained popularity because of the small incisions used and shorter recovery times when compared with conventional surgical techniques (sometimes referred to as “open surgery”).

Ritesh Shah, MD

Dr. Ritesh Shah is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating hip and knee disorders. He offers advanced treatments including minimally invasive muscle sparing total hip replacements and hip resurfacing, hip arthroscopy for labrum repairs, minimally invasive customized patient specific total knee replacement, partial knee replacement and knee arthroscopy. As well, he performs revision hip and knee replacements.
Eric Chehab, MD

Hosted by Eric Chehab, MD

Dr. Chehab is an orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine and shoulder. He provides advanced treatments for anterior cruciate ligament injuries, shoulder injuries including rotator cuff tears and shoulder instability, and soft tissue and bone trauma.

More Episodes

Wrist Fractures

Episode 18

FOOSH is a word many may not be familiar with, but it stands for a very common way patients break a wrist: falling on an outstretched hand. Find out what bones can be affected by FOOSH and other common wrist injuries as well as the latest minimally invasive treatment options available and what recovery looks like. Dr. Surbhi Panchal, an orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in hand and upper extremity, also explains who is at risk for wrist injuries in this episode.


Episode 17

A concussion is a functional brain injury. Hockey, wrestling, football, lacrosse, gymnastics, and cheerleading are all considered high-concussion-risk sports/activities. There are physical signs and symptoms of concussion and tools that can help to assess brain injury. Learn more about concussion, symptoms, treatment, and return-to-play protocols for athletes from IBJI’s Sports Neurologist Anthony Savino, MD. 

Meniscus Tears

Episode 16

One of the most common knee injuries is a torn meniscus. The recommended course of treatment for a torn meniscus can depend on a number of factors, including your age, symptoms, and activity level, as well as the type, size, and location of the tear. Learn more from IBJI’s Dr. Gregory Portland about diagnosing and treating meniscus tears, and what to expect if you need surgery.

Plantar Fasciitis

Episode 15

The plantar fascia is the most bottom superficial level of your foot. It’s a ligament that originates at the heel bone and goes all the way up to the ball of your foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when that ligament becomes irritated and inflamed, resulting in pain and swelling in the bottom of the heel. Learn more about diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis, and what to expect if you need treatment.

Shoulder Instability

Episode 14

Shoulder instability can be summed up as a failure of the components of the shoulder to stay centered in the socket.  Learn more from Dr. Steven Chudik, Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Shoulder Surgery and Sports Medicine, about diagnosing and treating shoulder instability, and what to expect if you need shoulder stabilization surgery.

Ankle Fractures

Episode 13

A fractured ankle can range from a stable break in one bone, which may not stop you from walking or bearing weight, to unstable fractures, which may require surgery. Learn more from Dr. Brian Weatherford, Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Trauma and Foot and Ankle Surgery, about ankle fractures, and how they are diagnosed and treated.

Understanding Metabolic Health

Episode 12

Join us for a multidisciplinary approach to address adult and pediatric metabolic health and weight management, along with health and wellness parameters that include Optimizing Nutrition, Reducing Stress, Pain-free Movement, Improved Sleep Habits and Enhanced Overall Performance.
Inbar Kirson, MD, FACOG, Diplomate ABOM, and Lynn Gettleman Chehab, MD, MPH, Diplomate ABOM, explain the importance of these fundamentals. Learn how you can reach your goals by focusing on reasonable and sustainable changes that help optimize long-term health with the IBJI OrthoHealth program.


Episode 11

Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder, characterized by low bone mass, that causes a structural deterioration of the bone. The resulting low bone mass and low bone quality increases the risk of a fractures–even in cases where patients report no or minimal traumatic events leading up to the break. Osteoporosis is often left undiagnosed until patients present with a fracture because it is an asymptomatic disease. Learn more about who is at risk, other ways to diagnose it, and what can be done to manage and maintain bone mass.

Spinal Fusion Surgery

Episode 10

Dr. Cary Templin explains how spinal fusion surgery, spinal cord decompression, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and non-surgical treatments can help patients who are experiencing neck pain, radiating pain, weakness, and numbness and tingling.

Shoulder Replacement

Episode 9

Reverse shoulder replacement has been a revolution in shoulder surgery for patients who have no function above the level of their shoulder. Dr. Craig Cummins explains the differences between anatomic shoulder replacement, partial shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement. He also discusses arthritis, rotator cuff tears, pain management and physical therapy.

Total Knee Replacement

Episode 8

Total knee replacements are one of the most common and successful orthopedic procedures. The modern total knee replacement started to emerge in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein explains, since then, improvements in materials and techniques have helped extend the success rates and longevity of replacements. Learn more about the history of knee replacement surgery and what patients having surgery can expect.


Episode 7

In the simplest terms, a bunion is a bump that develops at the big toe joint. Dr. Steven Jasonowicz explains that over time, the bump can grow in size, prevent your foot from fitting into certain shoes, and cause pain. Learn more about what can cause bunions, treatment options, and what to expect if you need surgery.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Episode 6

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, pain, and tingling in the hand and arm. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the hand and wrist, is compressed. Dr. Christian Skjong explains how physicians diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome to prevent it from progressing over time, and what to expect should you require carpal tunnel release surgery.

ACL Injuries and Surgery

Episode 5

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament, or ACL, provides the knee the ability to do activities that require high degrees of cutting, pivoting, and accelerating. Dr. David Guelich explains, once the ligament is torn, the knee is largely rendered unable to perform these types of activities. Learn more about ACL injuries, how they are diagnosed and treated, what to expect if you need surgery, and about the typical timeline for recovery from ACL surgery.

Autoimmune Disease

Episode 4

Autoimmune and rheumatic disorders cause your own immune system, which should be protecting you, to instead attack your body. They can cause a wide array of symptoms, including hair loss, fatigue, joint pain, joint swelling, rashes and more. Learn about the causes and treatments for autoimmune diseases, as well as the positive prognosis for patients who have autoimmune diseases.

Rotator Cuff Repair

Episode 3

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that originate off the shoulder blade and scapula and blend together and insert on the humerus. It essentially holds together the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff tears can be treated both surgically and non-surgically, and every patient who has a rotator cuff tear needs individualized evaluation and treatment plans. Learn more about diagnosing and treating rotator cuff tears, and what to expect if you need surgery.

Achilles Tendon Repair Surgery

Episode 2

The Achilles tendon is key to the health of the foot and ankle. Achilles tendon treatment has changed significantly in the last ten years, including more aggressive rehabilitation protocols following surgery.

Total Hip Replacement

Episode 1

The introduction of total hip replacement surgery revolutionized people’s ability to walk, function and really carry out near-normal function from a condition that was debilitating. Learn about the history of hip replacement surgery and what patients having total hip replacement surgery can expect.

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