But hip and knee replacements with Dr. Richard Berger, orthopaedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and assistant professor of orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, are anything but typical.
A pioneer of minimally invasive joint replacement surgery, Dr. Berger performs surgeries on an outpatient basis.
A few hours after they emerge from the operating room, his
patients typically walk 200 feet around the nurse's station, climb up and down a flight of 15 stairs, and then go home the same day.
minimally invasive approach to knee surgery, Berger
makes a small 3- to 4-inch incision, without cutting through muscles, tendons and ligaments, so patients can recover faster.
The recovery time is shorter, which enables patients to move their leg as quickly as possible before scar tissue builds up.
has used his
mechanical engineering background to develop surgical tools that enable him to maneuver around a patient's muscles and tendons to reach the arthritic bone.
carefully removes small pieces of the bone until he
gradually has enough space to implant the new prosthesis, which is the same type of prosthetic used in standard total joint replacements.
With Dr. Berger's
minimally invasive approach, patients have less time in the hospital and are able to regain motion much more quickly.
Richard A. Berger, MD
Rush University Medical Center
has pioneered minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, allowing patients to recover faster with less pain than patients undergoing traditional hip and knee replacement surgery.
surgery is unique because of his
advanced techniques which allow him to perform the surgery without cutting any muscle, ligaments or tendons, on the patient.
These advances allow most of Dr. Berger's
patients to walk independently and leave the hospital the same day of surgery.
mechanical engineering background has also helped him to design gender-specific implants that fit and perform better for active patients Meet Our Team