Orthopaedics at Loyola is made up of orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists) and podiatrists working with therapists and other professionals to provide comprehensive care to both children and adults. This team is devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and disorders of the muscles, bones and joints.
Specialists in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation offer a complete range of surgical and non-surgical treatments for illnesses and injuries that affect the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
From routine care to the most challenging cases, the department’s faculty members apply their considerable experience and highly collaborative working style. Surgeons, psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, patients and family members work as a team to design and implement individualized treatment plans. Teamwork, the high quality of care, and the depth and breadth of services set Loyola University Health System (Loyola) apart from other providers.
Specialty Services and Divisions
- Cartilage Restoration
Loyola has one of the few sports medicine specialists nationwide who is experienced with cutting edge techniques for cartilage restoration in the knee.
- Foot and Ankle Care
Loyola performs complex hind foot reconstruction following trauma and degenerative disease, and limb salvage following surgical complication or diabetes. Loyola is one of only a handful of centers that perform ankle replacement.
The department is skilled at treating non-healing fractures and fractures of the pelvic bones and hip socket.
- Hand Surgery
Loyola is nationally recognized for expertise in hand surgery and specialized hand rehabilitation. The department receives referrals worldwide for children with congenital hand abnormalities and adults and children with paralysis after spinal cord injury.
- Joint Replacement
Loyola offers minimal-incision surgery on the hip and knee. Surgeons are experienced in total joint replacement and revision of prior joint replacement.
- Musculoskeletal Oncology
Loyola has expertise in treating cancerous tumors that originate in bone, cartilage or muscles.
The department’s pediatric orthopaedic specialists have expertise in clubfoot, congenital hip disorders, cerebral palsy and trauma.
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physiatrists focus on restoring function. They care for patients with acute and chronic pain, and musculoskeletal problems like back and neck pain, tendonitis, pinched nerves and fibromyalgia. They also treat people who have experienced catastrophic events resulting in paraplegia, quadriplegia, or traumatic brain injury; and individuals who have had strokes, orthopedic injuries, or neurologic disorders such as multiple sclerosis, polio, or ALS.
The podiatry section is active in patient care, research, education and providing diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders at numerous locations in the health system.
- Spine Surgery
Loyola is nationally recognized for expertise in complex spinal problems including spinal stenosis, herniated discs, nerve and spinal cord compression, spine trauma, and spinal cord injury.
- Biomechanical Research Laboratory
Orthopaedic surgeons and research engineers collaborate to develop new implant designs and procedures. It is the world’s only laboratory in which scientists can simulate G-force loads and measure their effect on the human spine.
- Molecular And Cellular Bone Biology Laboratory
The primary focus of the laboratory is to examine the effects of excessive alcohol consumption on molecular, cellular and biomechanical parameters of bone.
- Musculoskeletal Biology Research Laboratory
Scientists in this laboratory study the musculoskeletal system on a cellular and molecular level to define how bone cells function during skeletal growth, development and repair. Recent research focuses on the link between alcoholism and osteoporosis, a severe condition of bone loss.
- Work Reconditioning
A work-conditioning program helps people who have been sick or injured return to their jobs by developing a tailored rehab program that takes into account the specific job requirements. Loyola specialists also can perform job site visits.