Dr Gabriel Levi Featured on WGN's Living Healthy Chicago
Orthopedic Surgeon & Patient Interviewed for WGN Program
Illinois Masonic orthopedic surgeon Dr Gabriel Levi and his patient Katie Carson were interviewed today for WGN's program Living Healthy Chicago.
In 2011, Katie suffered a severe tibia and fibula break while playing soccer. When she saw that her leg was bent at nearly a 90-degree angle, she thought she would never walk again. She was brought to Illinois Masonic, where Dr Levi inserted an intramedullary rod. Two days later, Katie was able to weight bear. Six months later, she was able to run a half marathon!
WGN interviewed both Katie and Dr Levi at Illinois Masonic for the story. They also captured some B-roll footage of Katie running in the park outside the CAC! I'm including a few behind-the-scenes shots below.
Many thanks to Dr Levi and Jequeatta for sharing this wonderful story with us! If you'd like to tune in, the segment, which will be part of a bone health show, will air on WGN on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 11:30 am.
Articles by Dr Levi: Cartilage Injuries
Gabriel S. Levi is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon at ORC. He completed his fellowship training in joint reconstruction at the world-renowned Insall Scott Kelly Institute in New York City. His specialties include joint reconstruction and sports medicine. Dr Levi has a special interest in cartilage injuries and joint replacement of the knee and hip. He is also bilingual in Spanish and English.
Physical therapy before hip or knee replacement surgery reduces need
for postoperative care by nearly 30 percent
Source: Medical News Today
Physical therapy after total hip (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR) surgery is standard care for all patients. A new study, appearing in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS), also found that physical therapy before joint replacement surgery, or "prehabilitation," can diminish the need for postoperative care by nearly 30 percent, saving an average of $1,215 per patient in skilled nursing facility, home health agency or other postoperative care.
The new knee replacements
Knee osteoarthritis. It can start out as an occasional twinge that
eventually becomes a constant pain, making it difficult to walk, stay
active or just get through the day.
And when joint degeneration starts affecting your life, you may start
thinking about surgery.
You're not alone. Knee replacements have become increasingly common among younger women, according to a January 2012 Finnish study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Read on to learn what you need to know about knee replacements.
New company enters market to use vitamin E to extend life of hip, knee
Vitamin E isn't an antioxidant just for your skin and nails anymore - it's expanding to joint implants.
Zimmer, a company also based in Warsaw, is seeking FDA approval to offer its own version.
The concept is that the natural antioxidant in vitamin E can prevent wear of the polyethylene, or plastic, components of implants. Many cup liner components for hip implants are made of the plastic and the same goes for plastic knee bearings in knee replacements.
The vitamin is blended in during the manufacturing process and makes the material denser to better handle stress, said Tim Gardener, product director for hip products with Zimmer.
Can surgery help you stay in the game?
Demand for knee and hip replacement rises -
Arthritic knee crimping your tennis game? Toss it out and get a new one.
Demand for joint replacement surgery, once confined largely to patients well past retirement age, has been growing rapidly among a class of people doctors have dubbed the "young actives" - those in the 45 to 64 age group who are determined to stay fit.
Still, even with the rise of obesity and longer lives, public health researchers say the rate of joint replacement failures requiring revisions is about 1 percent a year, mostly in the relatively younger patients who "outlive" the 10-to-20-year working life spans of their replacement joints. And as technique and technology have improved, the rates of infection, dislocations, and other complications have declined.
But she added a note of caution. "What we could expect to see in the future is the people in the 45-to-64-year-old category coming back to get revisions" - new knee replacements in second surgeries. With any luck, the second implants could be better.