Richard A. Berger, MD • Hip/Knee Replacement
Pictured standing from left: Arisha Zingarelli, Administrative Assistant; Jenny Sprenzel, RN; Kylie Less, New Patient Liason; Jennifer Larson, Nurse Clinician; Richard Berger, MD; Courtney Kelly, Marketing Coordinator; Kimberly North, RN; Shelia Sanders, RN; Lyndsey Johnson, RN. Pictured seated from left: Wendy Tan, PA-C, Physician Assistant; Emily Hadel, Clinic Liaison; Vennessa Roman, Financial Coordinator; Jessica Decker, Discharge Liaison; Andrea Sanchez, Sr., Administrative Assistant.
Dr. Richard Berger and his dedicated staff offer the most experienced and comprehensive approach to minimally invasive hip and knee replacement. Dr. Berger was the first to pioneer and perfect these minimally invasive procedures, which result in minimal discomfort and rapid recovery. Patients are able to quickly return to an active lifestyle after their joint replacements, feeling that years have been given back to them.
Now alleviating arthritis pain for more than 1,300 patients each year, Dr. Berger’s method allows most patients to walk unaided and leave the hospital the same day of surgery. Whether patients are local, national or international, Dr. Berger’s team provides a seamless and holistic surgical experience. Patients benefit from the latest technological advancements, such as gender-specific implants, partial replacements, new bearing surfaces, modular implants and bone-conserving procedures.
Dr. Berger’s team provides extensive preoperative education so that every patient knows exactly what to expect. The team is devoted to treating the whole patient, tailoring the surgical experience to each individual down to the smallest of details.
Upon becoming a patient of Dr. Berger, patients can expect the staff to be responsive and accessible throughout the surgical experience—24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients will always have direct lines to call, not impersonal call centers, allowing patients to be treated as individuals. This dedicated team includes four registered nurses, three administrative assistants, a home services coordinator, a financial coordinator, a new patient liaison and one pioneering surgeon.
Hip and Knee Replacements Give Patients New, Youthful Approach
When Dr. Richard Berger performs hip and knee replacement surgery, he takes great care to minimize pain and speed recovery, giving his patients a new lease on life. With his minimally invasive approach, Dr. Berger makes a small incision, without cutting through soft tissue, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Recovery time is shorter, which enables patients to regain motion quickly, getting back to favorite activities and feeling younger than they have in years.
“It opens up a new world to patients who have been living with pain prior to the surgery. Suddenly, they are able to get back to golf, yoga or traveling—things they haven’t done in years,” says Dr. Berger, orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and assistant professor of orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center.
Such was the case for Lake Zurich resident John Milstead, who had both his knees replaced with Dr. Berger in 2014 and 2015.
“I feel about 100 times better,” Milstead says. “Before the surgery, both of my knees were just terrible. For the past few years, every step I took hurt.
I had been taking between 10 to 14 ibuprofen pills a day. It’s been just over a year since my surgery, and I am taking nothing. When people see me walk, they never can tell that I’ve had my knees replaced. Sometimes I even forget that I had knee surgery. I probably should have done this 10 years earlier.”
Before the surgery, knee pain had forced Milstead to sell his dog-grooming business since he could no longer kneel to work with the dogs. But now Milstead is looking at getting back into grooming either as a volunteer or as an instructor, letting him once again enjoy his passion. He’s also back to golf and travel.
“I am an avid golfer, and I hadn’t been able to play golf for three years. I went out and played five rounds this year. Swinging a golf club did not hurt at all this year,” Milstead says.
Another plus, patients say, is Dr. Berger’s supportive staff.
Chicagoan Anstiss Krueck had her hip replaced with Dr. Berger and praises both him and his team of nurses and assistants.
“It was a complicated case and he was able to help me. He is a brilliant surgeon. What is also wonderful is his whole staff. They are so available, and they are so responsive. If you have a question, you hear back within that day,” she says. “They were caring in a genuine way. For someone who’s recovering from surgery, it’s very reassuring and impressive.”
Dr. Berger’s hip and knee replacements are done on an outpatient basis. Most of his patients are able to go home the same day as surgery, without staying overnight in the hospital. The remainder go home the following morning.
“Minimally invasive surgery allows patients to recover faster with less pain. Patients experience minimal discomfort and rapid recovery,” Dr. Berger says. “Joint replacement can restore mobility and alleviate pain. People shouldn’t let joint pain stop them from leading an active lifestyle.”
Dr. Berger has pioneered minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, allowing patients to recover faster with less pain than with traditional hip and knee replacement surgery.
Dr. Berger was fellowship trained in adult reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and, as part of his pioneering role in minimally invasive surgery, has developed specialized instruments and techniques for surgery, as well as knee and hip implants. His degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has helped him design specialized instruments that allow the surgery to be done without cutting any muscle, tendons or ligaments.
These advances allow most of Dr. Berger’s patients to walk independently and leave the hospital the day of surgery. His mechanical engineering background has also helped him to design gender-specific implants that fit and perform better for active patients.
For an appointment with Dr. Richard Berger please call Kylie Less, New Patient Liaison, at (312) 432-2557, or visit www.outpatienthipandknee.com.
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