Orthopaedics (Bones & Joints)
If you’re suffering from joint pain, you’re not alone. Accidents and arthritis can damage joints and cause severe pain or limit daily activities.
Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body’s musculoskeletal system, which includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.
At Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, nearly 30 orthopaedic surgeons care for our patients of all ages, from children and young athletes to older adults. These highly trained bone specialists repair and heal injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system using the latest medical and surgical advances, including:
- Cervical disc replacement
- Ankle replacement
- Minimally invasive knee replacement
- Hand surgery
- Minimally invasive hip replacement
- Arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction
- Shoulder replacement
Using the latest medical techniques allows you to return to your daily routine quickly and with less pain. In fact, in most cases, you will be able to be home within 3 days of your surgery, which has been proven to promote the best results for healing.
That’s why more people choose Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital for their joint care. Our orthopaedic specialists performed more orthopaedic surgeries than any other provider in Lake County.
Learn more about Orthopaedic Services at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, including:
- Expert Physicians with Specialty Training
- Joint & Spine Center
- Surgical Treatment Options
- Comprehensive, Integrated Care
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Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s orthopaedic surgeons are among the best in the Chicago area. In fact, the majority completed their fellowship training at the best medical schools in the country. This makes them experts in their specific area of surgical expertise, with more than 14 years of training in place before they begin their practice.
While orthopaedic surgeons are familiar with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many choose to specialize in certain areas. At Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, we have orthopaedic surgeons who specialize uniquely in treating your:
- Hand and Fingers
- Sports injury
If your doctor determines surgery is the right option, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s new Joint & Spine Center offers the best place for recovery.
Our multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and nutritionists have decades of experience. Working together in this dedicated unit, each team member is specially trained in Orthopaedics—which means advanced skill and better care after surgery. Furthermore, they are passionate about getting you on your feet again and back to the life you love—oftentimes within three days of your surgery.
In our Joint & Spine Center, you’ll have the best personalized care available, as well as the same amenities you've come to associate with Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital:
- Private, individually decorated and spacious rooms
- Fresh Bedside Bistro® room service cuisine
- Your own personal therapist who will develop training sessions based on your needs
- Counseling from nutritionists with personal recommendations to improve your lifestyle
- 24/7 access to a sun-drenched rehabilitative gym on the unit with monitored, personal therapy
Orthopaedic surgeons treat many musculoskeletal conditions without surgery by using medication, exercise and other rehabilitative or alternative therapies. But if necessary, they may also recommend surgery if you do not respond to other treatments.
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s highly trained bone specialists use the latest surgical advances, often using minimally invasive surgery, to repair and heal your bones and joints.
Here are some techniques that our surgeons may discuss with you:
- Arthroscopy. A procedure using special cameras and equipment to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint.
- Fusion. A “welding” process by which bones are fused together with bone grafts and internal devices (such as metal rods) to heal into a single solid bone.
- Internal Fixation. A method to hold the broken pieces of bone in proper position with metal plates, pins or screws while the bone is healing.
- Joint Replacement (partial, total and revision). When an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint, or prosthesis.
- Osteotomy. The correction of bone deformity by cutting and repositioning the bone.
- Soft Tissue Repair. The mending of soft tissue, such as torn tendons or ligaments.
From diagnostic imaging to surgery, rehabilitative therapy and home health care, all your care at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital will be coordinated by our skilled technologists, caring nurses, along with your surgeon.
Our seven diagnostic imaging locations and six rehabilitative services locations make getting tests, treatment and therapy easy and convenient. We’ll communicate your progress directly with your primary care physician, making sure everyone in your care team is informed. For more details about physical therapy, visit our Rehabilitative Services section.
If you are unable to leave home to go to physical therapy, your physician can recommended Northwestern Home Health. Registered nurses, home health aides, physical and occupational therapists work with you and your family in the comfort of your home. With these in-home visits, our skilled team crafts a plan with your physician to help you achieve optimal recovery after surgery.
Plus, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s Health & Fitness Centers offer state-of-the-art facilities for exercise, health and fitness training. With experienced trainers and a complete range of amenities, it will be easier to stay active and continue healing.
Talk to your physician about orthopaedic surgery if you experience:
- Pain or stiffness that limits your everyday activities
- Aching and stiffness, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity
- Pain that keeps you awake at night, or continues even when resting
- Little or no relief from medications
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Orthopaedics (Bones & Joints)