Treatments & Care at NCH

Orthopedics

A Chicago-Area Leader in Orthopedics

Thirty years after pioneering arthroscopic surgery in our area, NCH continues to advance the field of orthopedics. Our patients benefit from the latest technologies and advanced pain management techniques, including the innovative MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing procedure. NCH performs more than 800 knee replacements, hip replacements, and other joint replacement surgeries each year, landing us in the top 10 for joint replacement volume in the Chicago area. Add in a complete continuum of care – from pre-operative education to extensive post-surgery rehabilitation and home care services – and you’ll see we’re here for you every step of the way.  See our full team.

The NCH Advantage


  • A Top Chicago - Area Choice for Joint Replacement More than 800 knee replacements, hip replacements and other joint replacement surgeries are performed at NCH each year, placing us in the top 10 in the Chicago area for joint replacement volume
  • Continuum of Care - Team of skilled orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, specially-trained nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and clinical care coordinators develops and implements a treatment plan for each stage of your recovery
  • Nationally Recognized - For its quality of care and outcomes. NCH Orthopedics is a National Blue Distinction Center+, Blue Distinction’s “Total Value” designation, signifying that we met nationally established quality care and outcomes
  • Advanced Pain-Management Techniques - Including nerve blocks and other specialized pain medication regimens, to better control pain and encourage faster recovery
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation and Home Care - Services to meet a wide range of specialized needs, including physical therapy. Skilled help at home from experienced and licensed nurses, social workers, and therapists 
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Total Joint Replacement

Total Joint Replacement

A program designed to get you home faster after surgery and back on your feet. Our experienced, board-certified surgeons, orthopedic-trained nurses and therapists use the latest technologies and advanced pain management techniques.

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Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine is an integral part of NCH’s Physical Rehabilitation Services. We offer you a wide range of physical therapies and rehab programs to meet your individual needs.

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MAKOplasty

MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing is a minimally-invasive procedure for those suffering with painful early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it. In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

Although the best treatment for each patient must be determined individually, typical MAKOplasty patients share the following characteristics:

  • Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee, under the kneecap or the outer knee
  • Start-up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
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NCH Fast Track Recovery Program

If you're contemplating either hip or knee replacement surgery, you're probably eager to get back on your feet and moving again. Many orthopedic patients have been severely restricted by their bad knee or hip for months or even years. That's why the NCH Joint Replacement Program offers a "Fast Track" option for recovery so that patients can get home sooner and back on their feet faster.

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Diagnostic Imaging

Orthopedic issues often require multiple tests or imaging procedures to isolate and identify the exact location and nature of the problem— whether it is caused by wear and tear, injury or disease such as arthritis.

Diagnostic procedures may include:

  • X-rays—to view 2D images of internal tissues, bones and organs
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—to look for damage or disease in a surrounding ligament or muscle
  • Computed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)—to view highly detailed cross-section images of bones, muscles, fat and organs
  • Electromyogram (EMG)—to evaluate nerve and muscle function
  • Ultrasound—to view images of the internal organs
  • Laboratory tests—to determine if other problems may be the cause
  • Myelogram—to evaluate the spinal canal and nerve roots
  • Radionuclide bone scan—to see blood flow to and cell activity within the bones

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Ronald's Story

Ronald's Story

Fishing took a back seat in 2013 when Ronald began feeling pain in his groin area. The discomfort eventually traveled to his knee. NCH's Fast Track program got him back in the boat in no time.

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Wellness & Prevention

Take an active role in your own wellbeing. See how to achieve optimal health and prevent disease by staying active. Our Wellness Center offers the best programs and people to help you achieve your wellness goals.

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