Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How Loyola Orthopaedic Surgeons Help Patients Get their Lives Back

MAYWOOD, IL. -- A serious bicycle accident left David Goodman with a severely shattered left hip.

But ever since Dr. Michael Stover of Loyola University Health System rebuilt Goodman's pelvis and replaced his hip, the 67-year-old Chicago resident has been able to do everything that he could before his accident -- without pain.

Goodman works out or does yoga six days a week. Four months after surgery, he climbed a mountain in Israel. Last summer, he rode his bicycle 442 miles across Iowa in a week, averaging 63 miles per day. This winter, he plans to go skiing.

Stover is seeing more hip and pelvic fractures in older patients who are injured in activities such as bicycling. "Our aging population is more active than it was before," he said.

Stover is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Stover and his partner, Dr. Hobie Summers, use leading edge technologies to treat serious and sometimes life-threatening orthopaedic conditions such as pelvic fractures, broken legs, foot and ankle injuries and dislocations. They also treat patients who have experienced multiple traumatic injuries.

Summers' areas of expertise include fractures that fail to heal, are slow to heal or heal improperly. "It's very rewarding to take a bone that doesn't heal and get it to heal so the patient can get back to his life," Summers said. "You can significantly improve patients' function, pain and disability, and get them back to work and to their normal activities. They are very happy." Summers is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Stritch.

Stover and Summers have completed fellowships in orthopaedic traumatology. Stover has additional fellowship training in pelvic and acetabular (hip socket) reconstruction. Stover's comprehensive hip and pelvis practice includes treatments for such conditions as hip arthritis, congenital problems, trauma and fractures that do not heal or heal improperly.

Stover specializes in cases that are complex and difficult. Goodman's case is a good example. In 2007, Goodman collided with a fellow bicyclist while doing a group ride on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The nearest hospital did not have the expertise to treat his injury, so Goodman was transferred to Loyola.

Stover performed surgery to repair Goodman's fractured left hip socket. The fracture healed, but Goodman later developed painful arthritis of the hip. In 2008, Stover performed a total hip replacement, and Goodman has been pain free ever since.

Another Stover Patient, Jill Gillis of suburban Lockport, suffered an even more complex hip injury. She was riding her horse when the horse was spooked, reared up and fell backward on her. Her pelvis was shattered under the weight of the 1,500-pound horse. She was airlifted to Loyola, where Stover put her pelvis back together with plates and screws.

Gillis, 42, spent a month in the hospital and another two or three months at home in bed. She had a limp at first, but now walks normally. "People don't even know I was in an accident," she said. "Dr. Stover's team did miraculous work. I thank God for his hands."

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.