Orthopedic surgeons at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, have pioneered major advances in joint replacement surgery, including cementless implants, minimally invasive approaches to knee and hip replacement and use of a more flexible knee implant that behaves more like a person's own knee. Behind the scenes, they are working to maximize the long-term performance of implants by tracking patients for many years after surgery, studying how motion and force affect the bones, joints and cartilage, and observing the effects of implant wear on the entire body.
The joint replacement program at Rush uses the latest surgical procedures to restore function and mobility faster and with less pain. Comprehensive services include:
- Minimally invasive hip surgery
- Minimally invasive partial knee replacement
- Minimally invasive total knee replacement
- State-of-the-art arthroscopic procedures to assist with the diagnosis and surgical treatment of joint-related problems
- Surgical care for complicated lower extremity reconstruction surgery, including revision surgery for failed joint replacements
- Access to the latest advances in joint replacement surgery, including a new high-flex knee implant that provides patients with greater flexibility — up to 155 degrees, compared with 133 degrees in existing artificial knee implants.
Joint deterioriation can make even the simplest activities painful. That's why you want a team with the skill and expertise to get you back on your feet in less time and with less pain. Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is home to one of the world's top joint replacement programs and the No. 1 orthopedics program in the region, according to U.S.News & World Report. At Rush, an outstanding team of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, nurses and researchers provide joint replacement patients with specialized, innovative care that enables them to leave the hospital faster and stay active longer.
Aaron G. Rosenberg, MD, heads the joint replacement surgery program at Rush. Rosenberg specializes in hip, knee and joint replacement surgery. In addition to the surgical replacement of the hip and knee, he has focused his career on the education of surgeons both in the United States and around the world.
Richard A. Berger, MD, as part of his pioneering role in minimally invasive surgery, has developed specialized instruments, techniques for surgery and knee and hip implants. His degree in mechanical engineering from MIT has helped him design specialized instruments, which allow the surgery to be done without cutting any muscle. These advances allow most of Berger's patients to walk independently and leave the hospital the day of surgery.
Craig J. Della Valle, MD, specializes in lower extremity total joint arthroplasty and has a keen interest in complex primary and revision surgery. He is a member of both the Hip and the Knee Society and is the Adult Reconstructive Fellowship director at Rush.
Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, concentrates his practice on hip and knee replacement surgery at Rush, where he serves as chairperson of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush Medical College. Jacobs is especially interested in the materials used for prosthetic devices and has conducted research and published extensively on this topic.
Brett R. Levine, MD, focuses on complex primary and revision hip and knee reconstructions, as well as less-invasive total joint replacement surgery. Levine looks to advance his research in joint replacement technology including the latest minimally invasive techniques, porous biomaterials and partial knee replacement technology.
Wayne G. Paprosky, MD, was one of the first surgeons to perform total hip surgery with cementless implants, which is today's standard. He developed the Paprosky Classification used worldwide for performing revision surgery. Paprosky and his colleague developed and implanted the first gender-specific hip for women 15 years ago. Paprosky performs minimally invasive total hip and knee surgery enabling patients to go home within 24 hours.
Scott Sporer, MD, specializes in hip, knee and joint replacement. He has special interests in primary and revision arthroplasty surgery and minimally invasive techniques. Sporer's areas of research include long-term follow-up studies of the hip, complications associated with total knee replacement, and the regional variation in medicine.
Get more information about orthopedic surgeons at Rush who perform minimally invasive and standard joint replacement surgeries in our Find a Doctor section.