Friday, June 7, 2013

Dr. Harold Rees, an Orthopaedic surgeon, with WJOL radio

Dr. Harold Rees, an Orthopaedic surgeon, says the desire to help people is what brings people to the field of medicine. Dr. Rees was drawn to Orthopaedics because he feels a great sense of satisfaction in seeing his patients get back on their feet and return to their normal life.

He feels that there is more orthopaedic surgery these days because many people want to remain active as they get older. He talks about how in a hip replacement the surgeon removes the ball part of the hip and replaces it with a man-made ball that connects to the femur bone. This can be made of different materials, either plastic, ceramic or metal. Younger people often receive the ceramic-on-ceramic joint because they last longer. Older patients usually receive the metal or ceramic on plastic joint.

It usually takes about 3 months after a hip replacement surgery for a patient to feel like they can walk around pretty well. Hip replacement patients can do just about any activity after this surgery, but running and jumping are discouraged.

Dr. Rees also explains how a new technique in surgery called the anterior approach speeds up recovery because none of the muscle is cut. With knee surgery, patients often feel that recovery is more involved.

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Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.