MAYWOOD, Ill. (Aug. 20, 2014) – Orthopaedic surgeon Mitchell Bernstein, MD, FRCSC, who specializes in acute trauma care and limb deformity correction, has joined Loyola University Medical Center.
Limb reconstruction can be done with a technique that may involve lengthening of a bone segment. It’s used to replace missing bone or to lengthen or straighten deformed bone segments. Patients include children born with birth defects as well as children and adults who have been in accidents or have bone defects. He treats deformities in both arms and legs.
Limb lengthening works on a principle known as distraction osteogenesis. A device, which can be internal or external, pulls apart two bone segments four times a day. New bone tissue grows in the space at a rate of approximately 1 mm per day.
In addition to treating acute fractures, Bernstein also treats complex trauma cases, including fractures that fail to heal (nonunions) or heal improperly (malunions).
Bernstein earned his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Ill. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at McGill University in Montreal, a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and a fellowship in limb lengthening and complex extremity reconstruction at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Bernstein is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.
Bernstein is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
To make an appointment, please call (888) LUHS-888/(888) 584-7888 or visit loyolamedicine.org.