Bone Cancer Surgery
High school senior Matthew Sanders came to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital after experiencing ongoing leg pain. Tests revealed a tumor, called osteosarcoma, in the bone just below his left knee. Oncologist and sarcoma specialist Navin, Pinto, MD, and orthopaedic surgeon and bone cancer expert Hue Luu, MD, designed a treatment plan to shrink the tumor and surgically remove it while saving Sanders leg. Because Sanders is a Jehovah’s Witness, his physicians took extra care to avoid the need for a blood transfusion. After successful treatment, Sanders is back at Comer Children’s Hospital, this time as a playroom volunteer.
Three generations of the Kobek family travel from South Bend, Indiana to the University of Chicago Medicine for reconstructive surgery to treat complex fractures. While their medical journey has been challenging, the Kobeks praise their doctor and the hospital staff for providing excellent and compassionate care. "We have always sought out the best medical facilities," Alex Kobek said. "And the staff at the University of Chicago Medicine is so caring, professional and uplifting.
Hip Preservation Surgery Keeps Young Athlete in the Game
High school baseball player, Chase Payne, of Lexington, Ill., could barely walk due to a debilitating hip condition. Orthopaedic surgeon, Richard W. Kang, MD, performed arthroscopic surgery to repair, reshape and preserve his hip joint. A few months later, Payne was back on the field where he batted in the game-winning hit. "My hip feels amazing," the three-sport athlete said. "I think it is actually better power-wise."
Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery
Pamela Van Mill’s torn rotator cuff required surgical repair. But pulmonary hypertension put her at high risk for surgery. A medical trio including an orthopaedic surgeon, a cardiologist and an anesthesiologist devised a strategy enabling Van Mill to safely undergo the repair. "I was afraid I’d have to live with this pain for the rest of my life and not do what I love to do," Van Mill said. "Now there are days when I don’t even think about it."
Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Frank Kryzak, a retired sales manager, experienced pain and soreness in his left shoulder for several years. "My life was miserable," Kryzak recalled. Physical therapy and other medications did not bring relief. Kryzak sought help from UChicago Medicine orthopaedic surgeon Lewis L. Shi, MD, who recommended shoulder replacement surgery, a common, safe and reliable procedure. Shi replaced Kryzak's damaged shoulder with custom-fitted implants. An added bonus: Kryzak received a nerve block that allowed him to go home within 24 hours of surgery. "Everything went really well and the pain was minimal," said Kryzak. "When I saw Dr. Shi again, I laughed and told him ‘I had painless surgery.’"
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