• Lose the Pain and the Weight

    Vearl, a patient of MK Orthopaedics, had broken his ankle and developed severe post-traumatic arthritis. He suffered from significant, daily pain that limited his ability to get through his daily activities. Vearl’s physician referred him to an orthopaedic doctor at our practice and since then, Vearl’s life has been completely transformed.

    Watch this video to hear directly from Vearl and his orthopaedic surgeon about how we resolved his severe ankle pain with a total ankle replacement procedure. This surgery preserved the movement in Vearl’s ankle, resolved his pain, and allowed him to live a full, active life. Vearl has even lost 100 pounds since undergoing surgery.

    If you’re in need of an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet to treat a sports injury or other condition, you can call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Our orthopaedic team is dedicated to helping our patients live life well .

  • Understanding the Basics of Arthroscopic Surgery

    Arthroscopic surgery is a procedure that orthopaedic surgeons use to diagnose and treat problems that affect a joint. Sometimes referred to as a “keyhole surgery,” arthroscopy involves inserting a very thin, metal tube called an arthroscope into the area. The arthroscope features a tiny camera and a light source that allows an orthopaedic surgeon to visualize the damage, figure out the cause of the problem, and perhaps even treat the problem during the same surgery.

    Reasons for Arthroscopic Surgery

    Arthroscopic surgery is most often performed on the knees, hips, ankles, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. An orthopaedic surgeon may recommend this procedure for patients who experience persistent joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, especially if a diagnosis cannot be confirmed through medical images. Arthritis, frozen shoulder, and carpal tunnel syndrome are some examples of conditions for which arthroscopy can be helpful.

    Steps of Arthroscopic Surgery

    First, the surgery team will administer anesthesia to the patient. Then, a very small incision is made and the arthroscope is inserted. Additional small incisions may be made if the surgeon needs to insert other instruments or to visualize other parts of the joint. Using these specialized medical instruments, the orthopaedic surgeon can diagnose the underlying problem and perhaps treat it. During arthroscopy, the surgeon may drain excess fluid, repair damaged cartilage, and remove small bone or cartilage fragments.

    Recovering from Arthroscopic Surgery

    Arthroscopic surgery requires a minimal recovery period compared to the recovery required for traditional open surgeries. Some patients may even resume their normal activities within a few days, although it may take several weeks for the area to fully heal. After recovering, patients can look forward to improved quality of life without persistent symptoms.

    Here at MK Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic surgeons in Joliet routinely perform highly sophisticated arthroscopic procedures using state-of-the-art medical equipment. We treat a wide range of conditions, including ACL tears, meniscus tears, and shoulder pain—just to name a few. If you’ve been referred to an orthopaedic doctor for specialized care, you can schedule an appointment by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Signs You May Need an Ankle Replacement

    A total ankle replacement is a type of procedure that an orthopaedic surgeon can perform to replace the damaged bones and cartilage in the ankle joint with prosthetics. An ankle replacement surgery can improve a patient’s quality of life by resolving persistent symptoms such as ankle pain . For most patients, ankle prosthetics have an average lifespan of about 10 years, depending on activity level and overall health.

    Your symptoms are severe and interfere with your daily activities.

    Various orthopaedic problems can result in ankle pain, but one of the most common reasons why patients undergo ankle replacement surgery is arthritis in this joint. It might be time to talk to an orthopaedic surgeon if you’re experiencing severe or persistent pain in your ankle from arthritis or another condition. Some patients may experience other troublesome symptoms. Depending on the specific condition, these may include swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion. For some patients, these symptoms are so severe that walking is difficult or impossible. If your symptoms interfere with your normal physical function, it’s time to talk to a specialist about surgery.

    You have already tried conservative treatment options.

    Your orthopaedic doctor may ask that you try nonsurgical treatment options before considering surgery. Depending on your specific diagnosis, these conservative treatment options may include medications, anti-inflammatory injections, and physical therapy. If, after trying the recommended treatments, you still experience ankle pain, it may be time to consider ankle replacement surgery .

    You understand the potential risks and the recovery process.

    Every surgery is associated with inherent risks. It’s important for patients to discuss the surgery at length with their orthopaedic surgeons and to fully understand the potential risks. You should also be committed to following your orthopaedic surgeon’s post-operative instructions. An ankle replacement surgery requires intensive rehabilitation and a lengthy period of keeping weight off the affected ankle.

    MK Orthopaedics connects patients with highly skilled orthopaedic doctors in Plainfield who can perform sophisticated surgeries such as ankle replacements. There’s no need to suffer from ankle pain any longer; call us today at (815) 741-6900. We treat all orthopaedic conditions , including sports injuries.

  • Meet Dr. Rebecca Kuo

    Dr. Rebecca Kuo is one of MK Orthopaedics’ doctors and specializes in spinal treatments. As an orthopaedic surgeon, she performs both surgical and non-invasive treatments for injuries and conditions of the spine. Some of Dr. Kuo’s specialties include scoliosis treatment, minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal decompression, and spinal fusion.

    Dr. Kuo completed her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College and attended medical school at Rush University in Chicago. There, she completed her residency and was then accepted by the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for a spine fellowship. In 2003 she was named one of the Top 31 Women Spine Surgeons & Specialists by Becker’s Spine Review.

    If you’re looking for a highly-qualified and experienced orthopaedic doctor in Joliet , look to spine specialist and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rebecca Kuo. She can treat a range of conditions and sports injuries that may cause back pain, neck pain, weakness in the limbs, or radiating pain. To schedule your appointment, call us today at (815) 741-6900.