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Orthopedics Program at Rush: Pioneering Joint Replacement Surgery

Ranked No. 10 in the nation by U.S.News & World Report, the orthopedics program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is responsible for significant advances in the field.

  • Rush is home to a joint registry with decades of data about the effectiveness of different types of joint replacements. The registry follows more than 20,000 patients for research purposes. The information helps researchers determine how long joint replacements last, what sort of problems they develop over time and how to improve their design.
  • Physicians at Rush were among the first to develop and perform minimally invasive knee and hip replacements. Using modified instruments, and in some cases x-rays taken during surgery, surgeons are able to perform the procedures using smaller incisions than those used in traditional open surgeries. For example, minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is per-formed through a three- to four-inch incision instead of the eight- to 12-inch incision required for open surgery. The benefits include less pain and a quicker recovery.
  • Surgeons at Rush pioneered innovative, cementless joint implants instead of using bone cement to attach the joint to surrounding bone, as most surgeons do. Bone grows naturally into an area of fine-mesh holes on the surface of cementless implants, providing greater stability.
  • Aaron G. Rosenberg, MD, and Richard A. Berger, MD, joint replacement surgeons at Rush, were among 10 physicians who collaborated to develop the first artificial knee designed especially for women. The device has a narrower shape that better suits a woman’s anatomy, fitting and functioning more naturally than traditional knee implants.
  • Rush was among the first centers to offer a new high-flex knee implant that provides patients with up to 155 degrees of flexibility, compared to the 133 degrees provided by existing implants.


 

Orthopedic Care and Services at
Rush University Medical Center in Chicago

Rush University Medical Center offers comprehensive orthopedic care services.

Ranked among the very best orthopedic programs in the country by U.S.News & World Report, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is home to nationally respected orthopedic surgeons who find great reward in the fact that their research, discoveries and leading-edge therapies benefit patients today — not decades from now.

For more information about orthopedic health services and medical care at Rush visit the Orthopedic Care home page.

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