• Boosting Patient Comfort with Open MRIs

    An open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is a type of diagnostic imaging test that does not require the patient to be enclosed within the equipment. This means that the approach is particularly ideal for patients with claustrophobia. Open MRI scans take images the same way as conventional MRI scans. The test uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to generate internal images of the body. An orthopaedic doctor may request an MRI test if you have been experiencing musculoskeletal symptoms such as joint pain and swelling in the extremities.

    Before having the test, the orthopaedic doctor will ask that you remove all metallic objects such as jewelry and hearing aids. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown. Then, you’ll lie comfortably on an open exam table while the equipment generates images. MRI exams are painless.

    To improve the comfort of our patients, MK Orthopaedics is pleased to offer open MRI exams . If you’ve sustained a sports injury, you can schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Shorewood, New Lenox, or Joliet by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • What You Need to Know About Carticel Transplants

    A Carticel transplant is an orthopaedic surgery to repair torn cartilage in the knee. It involves the use of the patient’s own articular cartilage cells to produce millions of new cells called chondrocytes. An orthopaedic doctor may recommend this treatment for patients with torn knee cartilage, which may be indicated by knee pain, swelling, and inability to bear weight. These injuries can be caused by sudden trauma from a fall or gradual wear and tear damage.

    You can watch this video to learn more about cartilage tears and Carticel transplants. You will learn that the orthopaedic surgeon must first take a biopsy of your articular cartilage for processing in a lab. Then, the surgeon removes the damaged tissue and injects the new chondrocytes.

    At MK Orthopaedics , our orthopaedic doctors serving Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Plainfield offer a full range of sports medicine services, including Carticel transplants and ACL tear treatments. Call (815) 741-6900 for an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor.

  • Get the Facts About the Importance of Second Opinions

    Just as the term suggests, a second opinion is another medical review in addition to the evaluation of the doctor who initially examined you. Patients have the right to seek as many additional medical opinions as they choose. There are many reasons why you might make a second appointment for an evaluation. After seeing a primary care doctor, for example, you might decide that your sports injury warrants attention from a specialist such as an orthopaedic doctor.

    Confirming the Diagnosis

    An orthopaedic doctor has extensive experience diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions and diseases. Getting a second opinion regarding the diagnosis may be particularly important when it involves a complex sports injury or other condition. Even if the orthopaedic doctor confirms the diagnosis of the initial medical provider, seeing a specialist is advantageous .

    Understanding Your Condition and Options

    Orthopaedic doctors tend to place an emphasis on patient education. By getting a second opinion from a specialist, you can receive in-depth answers to your questions about your condition. A specialist can help you understand what may have caused your problem and how you can prevent further problems in the future. You can also receive personalized treatment recommendations. An orthopaedic specialist may be able to treat complex conditions that primary care providers cannot. Seeing an orthopaedic doctor does not automatically mean that you will require surgery, however. Specialists in orthopaedics provide both conservative and surgical treatment options.

    Increasing Your Comfort with Your Care

    Patients with complex or severe musculoskeletal problems often find themselves more comfortable with care provided by an orthopaedic specialist. When you see a specialist, you can feel confident that your health is in good hands. The extensive experience of an orthopaedic doctor is an invaluable asset during the treatment planning process and the treatment itself.

    If you would like to get a second opinion for your sports injury, you can contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Our sports medicine specialists practice at locations in Joliet, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, New Lenox, and Shorewood. We are a full-service orthopaedic practice that offers comprehensive non-surgical and surgical care.

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  • Three Ways You Can Prepare for Your Meniscectomy

    A meniscectomy is a surgical procedure to repair a meniscus tear. The orthopaedic surgeon may remove part or all of the meniscus, which is a section of cartilage in the knee joint. Meniscus tears can cause considerable knee pain, swelling, and reduced range of motion. They are a common type of sports injury that may result from contact sports or abrupt changes in movement. If your orthopaedic doctor recommends that you undergo a meniscectomy, there are some steps you can take to prepare.

    Consult an Orthopaedic Surgeon

    If you decide to have a meniscectomy , your orthopaedic surgeon will need to know about all of the medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Disclose your other medical conditions, including your allergies, and discuss whether you’ve previously had surgery. You might meet with an anesthesiologist, who will need to know if you’ve previously had anesthesia and whether you experienced adverse reactions to it. During your consultation with the orthopaedic surgeon, you should also ask any questions you may have about the procedure, such as questions about potential complications. You may be asked to undergo a medical exam, blood tests, and imaging scans.

    Follow the Pre-Operative Instructions

    Your orthopaedic surgeon will give you pre-operative instructions to follow. You may be asked to discontinue certain medications, vitamins, and supplements. If you smoke, you may be asked to quit. Smoking inhibits the healing process and can increase the risk of complications. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening before your surgery. This includes coffee and water. Consuming anything after midnight can result in serious complications of the anesthesia.

    Plan Your Recovery

    Before your surgery, you should arrange to take some time off work to recover. Your orthopaedic surgeon will let you know when you can return to your usual activities. You will need someone to drive you to and from the surgery center. Someone will need to stay with you for a few days to help you out around the home and take you to physical therapy appointments.

    The orthopaedic surgeons at MK Orthopaedics have extensive training and experience in performing surgeries of the knee, including meniscectomies. If you have any questions about your upcoming meniscectomy, please call our offices at (815) 741-6900. We offer sports medicine specialty services in Joliet, Bolingbrook, Shorewood, and Plainfield.