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The knee is the largest joint in the body, making it vital to movement and one of the most easily injured. Loyola experts work together to provide services to our patients suffering from a variety of disorders and injuries related to the knee. In this multidisciplinary approach, we can offer a wide range of both non-surgical and surgical options.
The team can provide the full array of non-surgical care such as physical therapy, injections, bracing and pain medication management, when indicated. When more invasive treatment is needed, the highly trained surgical team has the expertise to provide you the following services:
- ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction
- Cartilage restoration
- Core decompression
- Distal femoral osteotomy
- High tibial osteotomy
- Minimally invasive total knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement
- Patellar realignment (knee cap)
- Patellar replacement (knee cap)
- Patello-femoral replacement
- Proximal tibial osteotomy
- Revision knee replacement
- Total knee replacement
If you are undergoing joint replacement, you may be a candidate for a revolutionary use of pain medication that helps you manage pain better immediately following surgery. Orthopaedists work together with pain management specialists in the Department of Anesthesiology.
If eligible, you may receive a new continual peripheral nerve block catheter in which a catheter is placed near the nerve responsible for pain in the upper or lower extremity. The catheter then releases computerized doses of pain medication, bathing the nerve. You can increase the volume and amount you receive based on need.
We believe strongly in patient education and preparing you for any surgical procedures. Patients who undergo joint replacement may participate in a special class led by orthopaedic nurses, physical therapists and social workers. Most classes are held at Loyola University Health System at Gottlieb, which offers easy access for you and your family. Classes help you:
- Understand the complexities of your surgery
- Set expectations for recovery
- Determine discharge planning needs such as outpatient physical therapy
- Identify any special equipment needed at home after surgery
Loyola Doctors Now at Gottlieb
When your care requires joint replacement surgery, you'll experience all the comforts of a community hospital with Loyola’s high-level care at our Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park. Loyola's orthopaedic surgeons and residents, along with a team of orthopaedic nurses and therapists, provide you the same high level of Loyola care and expertise, plus you’ll enjoy our private, comfortable rooms in our newly re-designed orthopaedic inpatient unit, created specifically to meet the needs of our patients who are having joint replacements.