• Your Guide to Knee Replacement Rehab


    A total knee replacement surgery is an orthopaedic procedure intended to restore mobility and range of motion to a joint damaged by arthritis or a similar condition. Before you undergo surgery, talk to your orthopaedic surgeon about what you can expect during the recovery period. Your orthopaedic surgeon will prescribe physical therapy for you, which is critical for a successful rehabilitation.

    Early Mobilization Activities

    It’s a common misconception that patients need to refrain from all activities after having an orthopaedic surgery such as a total knee replacement. In fact, for the best possible outcome, your orthopaedic surgeon will encourage you to start walking within 24 hours of waking up. Building muscle tone in your quadriceps muscle will help you control your new knee joint better. Plus, activity after surgery can help you avoid complications, such as blood clots. When you wake up from the surgery, you’ll work with a physical therapist to perform simple activities, such as walking with an assistive device. You’re also likely to perform certain exercises while lying in bed, such as muscle contractions. The physical therapist will help you perform tasks more efficiently, such as using a walker or a cane properly.

    Discharge Goals

    Over the next few days, your activity level will gradually increase. You’ll walk with your physical therapist down the hospital hallways and you’ll start performing other movements, such as climbing stairs. By the time of your discharge, you should be able to demonstrate progress in bending your knee to about 90 degrees. You should extend your knee fully, walk with an assistive device properly, and get in and out of bed without assistance.

    At-Home Activities

    Your physical therapist will help you and/or your family members learn how to rearrange your home to facilitate your recovery. For example, you should remove throw rugs that may make you slip and fall. The physical therapist will also show you exercises and stretches to do at home to increase muscle tone and improve range of motion.

    MK Orthopaedics is a full-service rehabilitation practice. Our skilled orthopaedic doctors and surgeons will guide you through every step of the process, from diagnosis to rehabilitation. To learn more about total knee replacements or other orthopaedic procedures, call (815) 741-6900 and schedule a consultation.

  • Understanding Hip Surgery Complications

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    Thanks to advances in medical technology, the risk of complications from a hip replacement surgery is lower than ever before. However, orthopaedic surgeons still recommend that you fully understand the potential risks before having the procedure. Sometimes, the prosthetic device can loosen or move out of place, particularly if you engage in high-impact activities or pull your knees up toward your chest. If the device loosens or fails, you’ll need a revision surgery to replace it.

    Another potential complication of this orthopaedic surgery is metallosis, which refers to metal ions in the bloodstream. This can occur if you choose a metal-on-metal hip implant. As you move, the components rub against each other and may release metal ions. This can cause an inflammatory reaction in the surrounding tissues. Along with these risks, the potential side effects of any type of surgery may include blood clots and infection.

    The orthopaedic specialists of MK Orthopaedics pride themselves on emphasizing the value of patient education and making informed decisions. To schedule a consultation to discuss orthopaedic surgery , call our clinic at (815) 741-6900.

  • A Look at Kevin Ware’s Recovery from a Compound Fracture

    Kevin Ware is a guard for the Louisville basketball team. Earlier in the year, he sustained a serious injury. After jumping to block a shot in Indianapolis, Ware landed badly and sustained a compound fracture in his right leg. A compound fracture occurs when there is a break in the skin, which poses a serious risk of infection. However, after undergoing orthopaedic surgery to fix the fracture, Ware says he feels healthier than ever.

    To hear an interview with Kevin Ware, watch this video. Although Ware’s full return to the team may take a little longer than expected, it appears that the orthopaedic surgery was a success.

    At MK Orthopaedics, we treat all types of orthopaedic injuries, including fractures and other sports injuries. Our orthopaedic specialists also offer comprehensive rehabilitative care. Call our office at (815) 741-6900 or visit our website for more information about orthopaedic surgery.

  • Answers to Your FAQs About Hip Replacement Surgery

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    If you have damaged or diseased joints from conditions such as arthritis, your orthopaedic doctor will likely recommend conservative treatment methods first. These can include physical therapy and medications. However, if you’re still experiencing discomfort and reduced range of motion, you may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon to discuss having a hip replacement surgery.

    Am I a Good Candidate for Surgery?

    Only an orthopaedic surgeon can determine if you’re a good candidate for hip replacement surgery . Hip replacement surgery can be performed on patients of practically any age; however, they are most commonly performed on those between the ages of 50 and 80. If you experience pain or discomfort, stiffness, and decreased mobility that interferes with your daily life, you could be a good candidate for this procedure. Likewise, your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend it if you have previously tried conservative treatment methods.

    How Should I Prepare for Surgery?

    Your preparations for surgery begin with a thorough evaluation by the orthopaedic surgeon. He or she will assess your medical history, review your x-rays and other test results, and perform a physical examination. It’s important to ask the surgeon all of the questions you have about the procedure and what your life will be like afterward. It’s a good idea to arrange for help around the house after your surgery, or to arrange for a stay in a care facility during your recovery.

    What Happens During Hip Replacement Surgery?

    This procedure is performed under general or regional anesthesia. The surgeon will remove the diseased or damaged bone and cartilage, and implant a prosthetic device. There are several different types of prosthetic devices for this surgery; talk with your surgeon about the best one for your needs.

    What Can I Expect Afterward?

    Follow your orthopaedic surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care. You can expect to have physical therapy sessions to improve your range of motion and flexibility. Although the prosthesis can help you move better, you’ll need to avoid high-impact activities, such as jumping.

    MK Orthopaedics offers comprehensive care for patients undergoing hip replacement surgery and other orthopaedic procedures. Our orthopaedic surgeons look forward to meeting with you and discussing how we can help restore you to health. Our offices in Joliet and Bolingbrook can be reached at (815) 741-6900.

  • Introducing Dr. Kuo

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    Dr. Kuo is a specialist in surgical and non-surgical treatments of the neck and spine. She uses minimally invasive, cutting edge technology to diagnose degenerative spinal deformities from scoliosis to spinal stenosis. Dr. Kuo treats patients from children to adults at both of our locations in Joliet and Bolingbrook. She is affiliated with Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Morris Hospital. We look forward to providing her patients with superb service here at MK Orthopaedics.

    Quote from Dr. Kuo:

    “As a spinal surgeon I believe in treating the patient and his/her symptoms, not the findings on the MRI or X-ray. I will correlate the patient’s history to my findings on physical examination as well as the films to create a plan for the patient. Not everybody has the same symptoms or symptoms at all from the same MRI findings so it is important to discover and treat the real issues so they may be addressed appropriately.”

  • What You Can Expect from ACL Surgery

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    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a major ligament in the knee. A torn ACL often occurs while playing sports that require abrupt changes in direction, such as basketball. Since the ligament cannot be stitched back together, the orthopedic surgeon will need to replace it with a graft. Talk to your orthopedic surgeon about how you can prepare for the surgery and what you can expect afterward.


    Preparation for any type of surgery begins with a thorough physical examination and review of your medical history. Tell the orthopaedic specialist about all of your other medical conditions and medications or supplements. You may be asked to discontinue certain medications prior to your surgery. Additionally, your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend undergoing physical therapy for several weeks before the surgery to improve your range of motion. This facilitates a better outcome after the surgery. Arrange for someone else to drive you home after your ACL surgery and to help you out for a few days around the house.


    Most patients opt for general anesthesia for an ACL surgery, or you might choose regional anesthesia. Orthopaedic surgeons typically use arthroscopic surgical techniques for an ACL reconstruction , which means that several small incisions will be used instead of one large incision. After making the incisions around the knee, the orthopaedic surgeon flushes the area with sterile saline solution. Then, he or she drills small holes into your shinbone and thighbone to position the graft properly. The graft is secured with screws or staples, and then the incisions are closed.


    You can usually expect to return home the same day of your surgery. Follow your surgeon’s instructions for refraining from certain activities. Get plenty of rest, apply ice, apply a compression wrap as directed, and keep the knee elevated. Full recovery may take four to six months, during which you’ll undergo physical therapy.

    The orthopedic surgeons of MK Orthopaedics specialize in sports-related injuries, such as ACL tears. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of patient care, including rehabilitative services after your surgery. To schedule a consultation for orthopaedic surgery, call us at (815) 741-6900.