1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 864 Professional Building
Chicago, Illinois 60612
As Rush University Medical Center continues to grow, our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is transforming to help us provide high quality care for our patients. The recent expansion that began, Jan. 21, 2013, included seven additional patient beds, for
Assistant Professor Rush University Medical Center
Practice Emphasis: Minimally Invasive Hip and Knee Replacement
Dr. Berger 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.
His 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.
His mechanical engineering background has also helped him to design gender-specific implants that fit and perform better for active patients.
Dr. Berger was fellowship trained in adult reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center.
Dr. Berger also conducts research on hip and knee replacements.
As part of his pioneering role in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Berger has developed specialized instruments and techniques for surgery, as well as knee and hip implants.
As the developer, Dr Berger, receives royalties and payments from the manufacturers of these devices.
Additional information regarding these manufacturers, devices and instruments will be provided to you upon request.
Dr. Berger's Experienced and Dedicated Staff
Prior to her work for Dr. Berger, Andrea worked as an administrative assistant for an oncology physician at Rush.
Andrea is responsible for ensuring a holistic and cohesive surgical experience for patients by providing patients with all information they may need prior to surgery.
Andrea is Dr. Berger's point-person for new patient inquires and scheduling initial consultations.
Additionally, she manages Dr. Berger's tight surgical schedule and serves as a liaison between Dr. Berger's practice and the Rush surgical department.
Overall, Andrea enjoys the opportunity she has to help patients.
Dr. Berger has office hours at the following location:
In the present study, Dr. Richard A. Berger, an orthopedic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center, reported that 92 percent of his patients who have minimally invasive total knee replacement surgery are able to leave the hospital and go home the same day.
Dr. Berger, one of the pioneers of the first minimally invasive hip replacement surgery using two small incisions, is also the first surgeon to perform the innovative minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty (TKA) as an outpatient procedure.
Developed in conjunction with Zimmer, a manufacturer of orthopedic reconstructive devices, the procedure is called the MIS Quad-Sparing Total Knee Procedure because it avoids cutting muscles and tendons in the knee during surgery.
A similar procedure has been performed with partial knee replacement and is now being successfully performed for complete knee replacements by Dr. Berger and Dr. Aaron Rosenberg at Rush.
Berger says the minimally invasive approach translates into potentially great benefits for the patient.
Dr. Berger and Dr. Rosenberg have worked closely with Dr. Tria and Dr. Coon to develop the specialized instruments and the surgical technique required for this procedure.
And Dr. Berger was the first to perform the procedure on an outpatient basis.
These surgeons are beginning to train other surgeons on this technically demanding procedure through the Zimmer Institute, based in Warsaw, Ind., which includes a satellite training location at Rush University Medical Center.
"These benefits may allow quicker return to work and daily activities," says Dr. Berger.
For additional information about Dr. Berger, please call us at 877 MD
Although joint replacement surgery has improved the quality of life for many, studies show that only three out of ten people who would benefit from a hip or knee replacement get it done, says Dr. Richard Berger, assistant professor of orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
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