• Four Reasons to Get a Second Medical Opinion

    As the term suggests, a second medical opinion refers to additional medical advice following the initial diagnosis. For example, after receiving a diagnosis from the first doctor you visit, you may wish to get a second medical opinion from an orthopaedic surgeon. Getting a second medical opinion is particularly important if your condition is serious and may require invasive treatment, such as orthopaedic surgery. Another reason to consult a second doctor is to confirm the initial diagnosis or find out if there are additional diagnostic tests, or a different interpretations of the previous tests. The second doctor may help you explore alternative treatments. Your insurance may require a second or even third medical opinion so make sure you read and understand your insurance coverage before accepting your initial diagnosis and treatment plan. Lastly, getting a second medical opinion helps you become more familiar with your condition and treatment options, which can allow you to make informed decisions and feel more confident and in control of your health.

    If you’re looking for a second medical opinion , you can contact MK Orthopaedics to schedule an appointment with Dr. Komanduri, Dr. Rebecca Kuo, Dr. Aaron Kim, Dr. Joe George or Dr. Ryan Pizinger in Joliet or Shorewood. Call (815) 741-6900 or visit our website to learn more about our sports medicine services, including hip treatment, podiatric treatment and knee treatment.

  • Relief for Spine Pain & Suffering

    A discectomy is a surgical procedure performed on the spine. This surgery may be appropriate for some patients who visit an orthopaedic surgeon because of symptoms such as pain, numbness, and weakness in the buttocks, legs, shoulders, or arms. These symptoms may be caused by a herniated disc. Most patients with disc herniation do not require a discectomy; conservative treatments may be enough to relieve pain. However, sometimes complications can occur if a herniated disc is left untreated. These risks can include saddle anaesthesia, bladder dysfunction, or bowel incontinence.

    A discectomy may be appropriate for patients with severe symptoms or complications. After creating an incision over the herniated disc, the orthopaedic surgeon may remove part or all of the lamina, which is the back section of the vertebra. Then, the surgeon can remove the herniated material that is pressing against nearby nerves.

    If you have been suffering from back pain , consider talking to a spinal specialist, orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Rebecca Kuo in Bolingbrook about whether a procedure such as discectomy could be right for you. Call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 to schedule a consultation.

  • My Aching Hip!

    Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that an orthopaedic surgeon can perform to diagnose and possibly to treat certain conditions of this ball-and-socket joint. This procedure involves creating two or three small incisions before inserting an arthroscope into the joint. With the arthroscope, the orthopaedic surgeon can view the joint on a special monitor. This allows the surgeon to diagnose the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Sometimes, the surgeon can treat the problem during the same procedure. There are a few reasons why an orthopaedic surgeon might recommend that you undergo hip arthroscopy, including loose bodies and labral tears.

    Loose Cartilage

    During the hip arthroscopy, the orthopaedic surgeon may find loose pieces of cartilage within the hip joint. These loose fragments can cause hip pain. Loose bodies in the hip may be caused by physical trauma to the joint, such as a sports injury. While loose bodies may sometimes stay in one place, they can move around the joint. If loose bodies become trapped between two moving structures, the patient may suffer from hip pain and stiffness.

    Torn Labrum

    The labrum is a ring of cartilage that is located around the outside rim of the socket. Its job is to hold the ball part of the joint securely within the socket. Sometimes, a hip labral tear can occur, which may cause symptoms such as groin and hip pain, reduced range of motion, hip stiffness, and a catching sensation in the joint. Typically, a torn labrum is caused by a sports injury or other physical trauma such as repetitive motions. If left untreated, it may increase the risk of osteoarthritis. During a hip arthroscopy, the orthopaedic surgeon may repair the torn labrum or remove the affected portion.

    Patients with hip pain can turn to MK Orthopaedics, Dr. Ryan Pizinger or Dr. Mukund Komanduri for comprehensive diagnostic and interventional services. In addition to hip arthroscopy, our providers offer hip resurfacing, partial hip replacement surgery, total hip replacement surgery, and revision hip replacement surgery. You can schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in New Lenox or Shorewood by calling (815) 741-6900.