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Jeffrey Ackerman, MD

2019-03-05T03:31:42-05:00October 16th, 2017|

Dr. Jeffrey Ackerman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee reconstruction and hip preservation. Fellowship trained in complex primary and revision hip and knee replacement procedures, he performs minimally invasive anterior and posterior approach hip replacements. Dr. Ackerman is one of few surgeons trained in hip arthroscopy and open pelvic osteotomy surgery. He treats adolescents, young adults, and athletes with hip disorders including acetabular labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement problems, hip dysplasia, avascular necrosis and sequelae of pediatric hip problems. Dr. Ackerman believes in the comprehensive care of his patients by providing the highest level of individualized care. He presents all available treatment options, including nonsurgical and surgical procedures to improve patients’ overall health and activity.

ACL Reconstruction with Hamstring using Arthrotex and EXLoc Devices

2019-02-21T14:39:09-05:00November 11th, 2017|

ACL Reconstruction with Hamstring using Arthrotex and EXLoc Devices Overview When the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) suffers a tear, reconstructive procedures can be accomplished with part of the hamstring tendon from the patient’s leg. This hamstring graft is also referred to as an autograft. Graft Harvesting A small incision will be made below the knee and portions of the hamstring’s semitendinous and gracilis tendons are separated and removed from the muscle. The strips will later be inserted into the knee and replace the damaged ACL. Clearing the ACL Small incisions will be made in the sides of the knee after the graft is acquired. The surgeon will insert a small camera called an arthroscope to project [...]

ACL Reconstruction (Patellar Tendon Graft Technique)

2019-02-21T14:38:29-05:00November 11th, 2017|

ACL Reconstruction (Patellar Tendon Graft Technique) Overview When you injure your anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, the patellar tendon graft technique is a procedure to repair the tear. The ligament is located in the center of the knee and helps anchor the femur to the tibia. A successful ACL reconstruction surgery will allow you to regain normal knee function. Preparation The surgeon will create a small incision in front of the knee while the patient is under anesthesia. This incision will expose the patellar tendon – the thick tissue attached to the kneecap – so the surgeon can remove portions of the tendon and bone to replace the damaged ACL. This removal and transplantation of tissue [...]

Are ACL Injuries More Common in Women?

2017-11-22T09:49:32-05:00March 21st, 2014|IBJI in the News|

RadioMD, Staying Well – Interview with Eric L. Chehab, MD Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments that are located in your knee to provide stability. When a quick change of direction or if part of your knee comes in contact with a hard object, or a pivot happens in your knee, your ACL can be torn. […]

Arthroscopy (Overview)

2019-02-22T07:51:01-05:00November 11th, 2017|

Arthroscopy (Overview) Overview Your orthopedic surgeon may advise a patient to undergo arthroscopic surgery if there’s an underlying issue with a joint in their body. An arthroscope, a tiny camera instrument, allows your surgeon to see inside any joint throughout the entire body. Preparation This type of surgical procedure does not require a large incision. Only a few small openings are made in the skin – one for the arthroscope and one for other surgical instruments. Procedure This arthroscopic camera projects images of your joint to a video screen to view damaged tissues and other significant joint conditions. No new incisions will be needed to repair any damage right away, however larger problems may [...]

Autologous Chondrocyte Transplantation

2019-02-22T07:51:35-05:00November 11th, 2017|

Autologous Chondrocyte Transplantation Overview An autologous chondrocyte transplantation replaces damaged cartilage in the knee joint with healthy cells. The healthy, restored cartilage is harvested from other sections of the knee and is grown in lab so the implantation can prove effective and successful. Preparation The patient may undergo general anesthesia, sedation or local anesthetics to begin the surgery. The area is also cleansed and sterilized to prevent any infection from developing. Accessing the Knee An arthroscopic camera and small surgical tools are inserted through two to five small incisions. Harvesting the Cells When the healthy cartilage cells are collected from the knee joint, they’re sent to a lab and cultured to grow into strong new cells. [...]

Avoiding The Pain of Osteoarthritis – Prevention Tips

2017-11-22T09:01:19-05:00March 8th, 2012|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Arthritis can take many forms, but the most commonly diagnosed is osteoarthritis (OA). (1) Caused by the gradual breakdown of cartilage in almost any joint it can result in arthritis related pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, a feeling of grating in the affected joint, and point tenderness. Worldwide, millions of people are affected by OA; in the US almost 27 million people live with its effects. […]

David Beigler, MD

2019-03-05T03:33:29-05:00October 16th, 2017|

Dr. David Beigler is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in anterior total hip replacement, total knee replacement, hip arthroscopy and the treatment of trauma, particularly severe and atypical injuries. He offers patients advanced techniques, including minimally invasive fracture surgery and patient-specific knee replacement, which minimizes the amount of tissue that must be cut during surgery. Anterior hip replacement also spares tissue, reducing post-operative pain and speeding recovery. In providing care, Dr. Beigler takes the time to understand not only the patient’s medical condition but also the patient as a person. Whatever the condition, he seeks the least invasive form of effective treatment possible. Dr. Beigler is the head of orthopedic trauma for North Shore University HealthSystem. He also is [...]

Benefits of Outpatient Joint Replacement

2019-03-13T12:50:06-05:00March 12th, 2019|Blog|

Joint replacement surgery has traditionally been performed in a hospital setting, requiring a hospital stay and lengthy rehabilitation. As a regional leader in outpatient joint replacement surgery, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) offers an outpatient surgical approach that allows you to get back to your every-day life sooner. Outpatient joint replacement allows you to leave the facility within a few hours after surgery and recover from the comfort of your own home. Alexander Gordon, MD, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in outpatient hip and knee replacement at IBJI, provides great insight on outpatient joint replacement. “The evolution of joint replacement surgery has included the adoption of less invasive surgical techniques, as well as significant improvement in anesthesia and pain [...]

Marc Breslow, MD

2019-04-02T09:20:10-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Marc Breslow is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He treats athletes of all ages, from children to the elderly and specializes in treating knee and shoulder problems, although he also treats other injuries caused by sports, hobbies or work. The most common shoulder problems he cares for are rotator cuff tears, fractures, dislocations and separations, and he commonly treats knee injuries involving the anterior cruciate ligament, meniscus, cartilage, and tendons. In most cases, he is able to treat patients with non-surgical methods. When surgery is needed, Dr. Breslow is able to offer most patients minimally invasive/arthroscopic procedures which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. Dr. Breslow stresses communication with his patients and [...]

Cartilage Repair

2019-02-22T07:54:40-05:00November 11th, 2017|

Cartilage Restoration Cartilage is an incredibly strong connective tissue that allows for smooth joint movement and acts as a shock cushion to prevent bone-on-bone contact during active motion. Cartilage is unfortunately subject to damage and degenerative diseases, a problem considering its crucial role. Painful conditions resulting from injury, disease or wear-and-tear can be treated by medical cartilage restoration procedures. Cartilage restoration therapy is an arthroscopic procedure that aims at repairing or replacing damaged cartilage before serious deterioration occurs. Surgeons at IBJI utilize this less-invasive approach as an alternative option to speed up recovery time and relieve pain. Why Cartilage Restoration Therapy Can Be Necessary The bones cause painful friction as they rub and grind against one [...]

Roger Chams, MD

2019-03-08T16:14:06-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Chams is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine, knee and shoulder disorders. He was fellowship trained at the prestigious Southern California Orthopedic Institute where he received specialized training in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of complex knee and shoulder disorders and sports injuries. After his fellowship, he introduced many of these innovative procedures that had not previously been performed to the area, including cartilage restoration. Dr. Chams has been in practice with the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute for over 20 years where he currently serves as a board member. His extensive Sports Medicine experience includes treating thousands of professional, NCAA, amateur athletes, as well as work-related injuries. He is the team physician for the Chicago Red [...]

Eric Chehab, MD

2019-03-05T03:35:06-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Eric Chehab is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine. He provides general fracture care and specializes in the treatment of sports related injuries, in particular to the knee and shoulder. Dr. Chehab provides advanced treatments for anterior cruciate ligament injuries, shoulder injuries including rotator cuff tears and shoulder instability, and soft tissue and bone trauma. A graduate of Harvard and Stanford, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City - recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the nation’s #1 hospital for orthopedics. He completed his advanced training in sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, where he apprenticed with the head [...]

Michael Chiu, MD

2019-03-05T03:48:41-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Chiu is an expert in sports medicine, specializing in advanced, minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures of the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow, using cutting edge techniques in cartilage repair and restoration, complex ligament reconstruction, and joint preservation. He has served as faculty teaching other orthopedic surgeons at national courses, presented at numerous academic meetings, conducted research, authored articles, published in peer reviewed journals, and written book chapters on various topics and advanced surgical techniques. As a sports team physician and in working with elite international and professional athletes, Dr. Chiu has the experience to treat adult and pediatric athletes at all levels and draws on a full armamentarium- from injury prevention and rehabilitation, performance enhancement and orthoBiologic therapy, to arthroscopic [...]

James Cohen, MD

2019-03-05T03:32:31-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. James C. Cohen is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of shoulder, knee and hip conditions, including arthritis, shoulder and knee instability, rotator cuff tears, labral (shoulder joint) tears, meniscal (knee cartilage) tears and ACL (knee ligament) tears. He has extensive experience in joint replacement of the hip and knee and arthroscopy. Drawn to medicine by his fascination with how the body works, Dr. Cohen chose orthopedics as a specialty because it allows him to produce concrete results that significantly improve patients’ lives. In many cases he takes a conservative (non-surgical) approach to make patients better. He is vice chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is an [...]

Brian Donahue, MD

2019-03-05T03:52:51-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Brian Donahue is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in sports medicine who specializes in treating knee, shoulder, and patellofemoral conditions. In most cases, Dr. Donahue is able to successfully treat patients with a program of physical therapy. When needed, Dr. Donahue provides such advanced treatments as arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, meniscus surgery, and kneecap realignment. He also offers platelet-rich plasma injections to stimulate tissue healing and, in select cases, biocartilage injections to enhance cartilage restoration. Dr. Donahue’s approach to care emphasizes listening to his patients carefully in order to understand what they want to achieve with their treatment and to provide individualized care aimed at meeting those goals. He places a priority [...]

Joseph D’Silva, MD

2019-03-05T04:03:21-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Joseph D’Silva is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who trained at Rush Medical Center. Although he continues to treat multiple musculoskeletal conditions, his main area of focus is surgery of the lower extremity, specifically hip and knee reconstruction. He is the son of a thoracic surgeon and was inspired by his father’s passion for medicine and healing patients. His approach to care emphasizes patient education – he wants each patient to understand their condition thoroughly and be involved in the discussion of the treatment options. He begins care with non-surgical treatments and only proceeds with surgery when necessary. In those cases he provides patients with techniques that are both innovative and proven including advanced pain management which not only speeds [...]

Exercising Before Knee Surgery

2017-11-22T09:15:37-05:00November 19th, 2012|Orthopedics Care|

If you’ve been diagnosed with a knee injury, like a torn ACL, and you’re preparing to undergo surgery.  Your physician may have recommended doing pre-surgery exercises. These exercises help strengthen the surrounding leg muscle, increase range of motion and flexibility. Sometimes a good routine will help reduce the time needed in rehabilitation. In most cases the stronger you can make your muscles before surgery the better your recovery. […]

Four Common Knee Injuries

2017-11-22T10:24:11-05:00February 26th, 2015|Orthopedics Care|

As many components make up the knee, your knee can be susceptible to a wide range of injuries. In fact, orthopedic doctors probably see more patients for knee injuries than any other type of orthopedic problem. Here are some of the most common knee injuries, along with their causes, symptoms and treatments. […]

David H. Garelick, MD

2019-03-05T03:51:38-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. David Garelick is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He provides excellent comprehensive care for shoulder and knee conditions. In the shoulder, his expertise includes caring for rotator cuff injuries, labral tears, and degenerative arthritis. For the knee, Dr. Garelick provides a wide spectrum of care ranging from ligament injuries and meniscal tears to total knee replacement. He performs most of his surgeries arthroscopically and with other minimally invasive techniques which accelerate healing and help to diminish pain. Dr. Garelick is active in resident and fellowship education, serving as a faculty member of the University of Illinois Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellowship as well as the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship through Presence Resurrection Medical Center. He has also [...]

Jeffrey Goldstein, MD

2019-04-04T15:05:21-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Goldstein is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult hip and knee reconstruction and replacement surgery. He is one of the few surgeons in the area who spent an additional year learning the direct anterior approach for hip replacement surgery from some of the nation's most respected hip surgeons.In addition to primary hip and knee replacement, he focuses on complex revision surgery, addressing complications such as instability, implant loosening, metallosis, periprosthetic infection, periprosthetic fractures, and extensor mechanism disruptions. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Goldstein returned to his native Chicago for medical school and residency training. He subsequently completed a fellowship at the OrthoCarolina Hip & Knee Center, one of the nation’s most [...]

Wayne M. Goldstein, MD

2019-04-04T12:41:50-05:00October 22nd, 2017|

Founder and Chairman of the Board of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Dr. Wayne Goldstein is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee reconstruction and revision surgery. An internationally-known innovator who has pioneered numerous new treatments, Dr. Goldstein offers patients minimally invasive surgical techniques, including the minimal incision total hip procedure which uses a much smaller incision than standard surgery. As the designer of a hip system, now used globally for 15 years, his treatments enhance results, reduce pain and speed recovery times. For knee replacements, Dr. Goldstein uses a Primary Total Knee System that he designed with the Mayo Clinic and other nationally known physicians. This system provides greater range of motion and a longer service [...]

Alexander Gordon, MD

2019-03-20T07:45:16-05:00October 22nd, 2017|

Dr. Alexander C. Gordon, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating hip and knee conditions in adults. He is an expert in anterior approach hip replacement, which decreases post-operative pain and speeds recovery. Dr. Gordon also uses sensor-assisted techniques to perform knee replacement surgery that is fine- tuned for the specific patient. His interest in science and helping people led Dr. Gordon to become a physician. He chose to specialize in orthopedics because it offers very tangible methods to help people relieve pain and to restore active lifestyles. Dr. Gordon is currently helping develop a new form of sensor-guided knee replacement technology and is conducting a research collaboration with other surgeons to determine algorithms to optimize surgery using [...]

Steven Gross, MD

2019-03-05T03:43:16-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Steven Gross is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Lake Cook Orthopedics, a division of IBJI. His primary areas of interest include fracture care, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, management of arthritic conditions of the joints, and joint replacement. Dr. Gross pursued his medical education in the Midwest and on the East Coast, attending medical school at the University of Michigan, then completing his residency at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, NY. During his residency he was also educated at two of the busiest Level I trauma centers in New York City, obtaining exposure to all aspects of orthopedic care, including operative and non-operative management of a variety of conditions. His training included one- on-one mentoring [...]

Steven Haddad, MD

2019-03-05T03:51:15-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Steven L. Haddad is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating conditions affecting the foot and ankle, primarily treating arthritic ankle conditions, as well as ankle, hindfoot and midfoot deformity corrections. He also is an expert in sports conditions affecting the foot and ankle. Dr. Haddad is a recognized national and international expert on total ankle replacement procedures. He has been heavily involved in designing a number of US prostheses, and trains surgeons throughout the world on their implantation. Candid discussions concerning recovery and expectations following ankle replacement are critical to long-term patient satisfaction, and are a hallmark of his practice. In the world of sports, Dr. Haddad performs surgery using arthroscopic and other techniques to minimize incisions [...]

David Hamming, MD

2019-04-04T15:04:32-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

A second generation orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hamming is the son of Dr. Edward Hamming, a retired IBJI physician. Seeing the satisfaction his father took from helping people and the gratitude and respect patients felt for him inspired him Dr. Hamming to follow in his father’s footsteps. Dr. Hamming offers arthroscopy or other minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. He customizes care to each patient individually to address any unique concerns or issues the patient may have. His goal is to eliminate patients’ pain and restore their function. These activities give him an added appreciation of the importance of healthy joints and help fuel his determination to to improve his patients’ conditions.

Mark Hamming, MD

2019-04-04T15:05:54-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Mark Hamming is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, including hip arthroscopy and multi-ligament knee surgery. Using minimally invasive techniques that speed recovery and reduce complications, Dr. Hamming treats hip impingement problems, meniscus (knee cartilage) tears, ligament and multi-ligament tears (ACL, FCL, MCL, PCL), rotator cuff and labral tears of the shoulder, and shoulder instability. He completed his fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Clinic in Vail. He was a team physician for the US Ski Team training for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and has served as team physician for Duke University, as well as several other college and high school basketball, football, lacrosse and soccer teams. A former athlete, Dr. Hamming understands the expectations and challenges [...]

Matthew L. Jimenez, MD

2019-03-25T13:28:05-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

Matthew L. Jimenez, M.D., FACS is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in joint and pelvis reconstruction, specializing in orthopedic fracture care and joint reconstruction. His patient-centered focus is on soft-tissue preservation and rapid recovery. He has a special interest and expertise in the Direct Anterior Approach for total hip arthroplasty. Dr. Jimenez received his M.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1989 after completing his undergraduate training at the University of Utah. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Jimenez completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University. He then completed a one-year post graduate fellowship in orthopaedic trauma and joint reconstruction at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Medical Center, under the direction of Dr. Marvin Tile. [...]

Richard Kang, MD

2019-03-05T03:48:30-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Richard Kang is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery.  He performs arthroscopic and other minimally invasive procedures of the hip, shoulder, knee, and elbow.  “My objective is to delay or prevent the onset of arthritis and the need for a joint replacement.  I do this by utilizing modern techniques to preserve the natural joint”. He treats a variety of conditions including athletic hip injuries, hip femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), hip labral tears, rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, biceps tendon injuries, meniscus tears, and complex ligamentous tears of the knee.  He also has expertise in cartilage restorative procedures of the hip, knee, and shoulder. Prior to joining IBJI, Dr. Kang was an attending surgeon in orthopedic [...]

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.

Knee

2019-04-08T08:31:08-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Knee Pain We commonly attribute knee pain and related ailments to athletes out on the field. In reality, these associations are equally relevant to non-athletes as well. IBJI’s experienced knee doctors understand the different types of injuries that athletes and non-athletes can suffer. IBJI is dedicated to utilizing up-to-date knowledge, treatment, and technology to find the true cause of your knee pain. When to Address Your Knee Pain with a Doctor Finding the cause of your knee pain isn’t easy to self-diagnose. With every step you take, the knee absorbs all of the bodies’ pressure from the ground up. The stress from this fundamental movement is only the beginning of your knee pain.      You should [...]

Knee Pain: Causes & What You Can Do

2017-11-22T08:55:54-05:00October 20th, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

Is Knee Pain Slowing You Down? The knee is one of the most common joint pain complaints physicians see.  Unfortunately knee pain can really slow you down, sometimes more than pain in the upper body or hips. Your knee takes a lot of abuse on a daily basis. […]

Knee Replacement

2019-04-08T08:30:47-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Knee Replacement Surgery Walking without pain is one of life’s luxuries that we often take for granted. Knee pain is restricting to our movement throughout the day without effective knee pain relief. IBJI is staffed with experienced knee replacement surgeons who are motivated to bringing the luxury of walking comfortably back to their patients. Enjoy the freedom of fluid knee movement and knee stability with IBJI. Let us be your guide back to a fully functioning knee. Am I a Candidate for Knee Replacement Surgery? Typically, our orthopedic knee surgeons at IBJI will advise non-surgical alternatives, but occasionally surgery is necessary. Depending on your level of discomfort, it may be time to consider a total knee [...]

Charles L. Lettvin, MD

2019-03-05T03:52:18-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Charles Lettvin is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices general orthopedics. He sees patients of all ages, from children to older adults, for the range of musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Lettvin has extensive experience in knee and shoulder arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy, hip and knee replacements and fracture repairs in both the arms and legs. A high school and college basketball player, Dr. Lettvin experienced orthopedic injuries himself as a teenager. His admiration for the doctors who provided care for him and enabled him to resume playing sports led him to want to become an orthopedic surgeon. In providing care, Dr. Lettvin sets out to solve patients’ problems in the least invasive fashion possible. He combines excellent diagnostic abilities with strong [...]

Edward J. Logue, MD

2019-04-04T15:05:08-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Edward (“Scott”) Logue is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating shoulder and knee conditions and general trauma care. He has particular expertise in treating endurance athletes. In most cases he is able to offer arthroscopy or other minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. He also performs unicondylar knee surgery and the OATS procedure (also known as mosaicplasty). In addition, he offers Carticel knee cartilage implantation; injections with platelet-rich plasma to stimulate tissue healing; and viscosupplement injections to lubricate knee joints. A middle-distance runner in high school and college, Dr. Logue suffered stress fractures repeatedly. The care he received for these injuries, which enabled him to keep running, prompted his interest in pursuing medicine [...]

Phillip Ludkowski, MD

2019-03-05T03:45:54-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Phillip Ludkowski is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating hip and knee conditions, particularly joint degeneration caused by arthritis. Dr. Ludkowski performs total hip and total knee replacements, partial knee replacements and torn meniscus (knee cartilage) repairs. He uses muscle sparing minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy in order to reduce pain and speed recovery. Dr. Ludkowski also offers advanced forms of post-operative pain management. Dr. Ludkowski was drawn to the practice of medicine by his interest in science and desire to help people. He inherited an enjoyment of building things with his hands from his father, a carpenter, which combined with his interest in sports made orthopaedics a natural choice of specialty for him. In providing [...]

Marc Angerame, MD

2019-04-08T15:02:39-05:00August 22nd, 2018|

Dr. Marc Angerame is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in direct anterior approach total hip replacement, total and partial knee replacement, as well as shoulder replacements, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, and arthroscopic knee surgery. His areas of focus include direct anterior approach hip and knee replacement, complex, revision hip and knee replacement, shoulder replacement, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, arthroscopic knee surgery, rotator cuff surgery, ACL reconstruction, and meniscal surgery. He is also interested in shoulder, hip, and knee research. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He then pursued his medical degree at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine where he graduated Cum Laude with honors in research. For his orthopedic residency, Dr. Angerame spent five years [...]

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 [...]

Robert McMillan, MD

2019-03-05T04:07:41-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Robert McMillan is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has specialized in total joint replacements of the hip and the knee. After 38 years of surgical and conservative management, he currently provides non-surgical general orthopedic, trauma and sports care largely through our OrthoAccess service, as well as in the office.   Dr. McMillan feels that being a physician gives him the opportunity to significantly help people. His orthopedic career experience allows him to restore function and to return patients to a better, higher quality of life. In providing care, he treats patients with empathy and understanding. He seeks to enhance the body's own natural healing powers and prefers conservative, non-surgical management for most orthopedic conditions. If these prove ineffective, then [...]