Back on Track

Back on Track

Treatments for scoliosis help adolescents at a tender time A diagnosis of scoliosis can throw a child a curveball. Typically,…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Full Recovery After Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Can Take up to a Year

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Full Recovery After Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Can Take up to a Year

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Three months ago, I had surgery on my left wrist to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Since then,…

Surgeons Are Doing Fewer Knee Surgeries

Surgeons Are Doing Fewer Knee Surgeries

When knee arthroscopy became widely available in the 1980s, it represented a major advance. Today orthopedists evaluating and treating common…

Robots in the O.R.

Robots in the O.R.

Better operations through the use of intelligent machines The future of surgery is here, and it’s in the hands of…

The Science of Addiction

The Science of Addiction

Drugs, the brain and how to fix the cycle of substance abuse Taylor was a 14-year-old high school freshman when…

A Nation in Crisis

A Nation in Crisis

Understanding the U.S. obesity epidemic In October 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its updated statistics…

Music in the O.R.

Music in the O.R.

While you’re lying sedated on the operating room table, your surgeon may be rocking out. Music is played in the…

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Less cutting of tendons and ligaments can lead to quicker recovery Michael Floodstrand had always led an active lifestyle. He…

Up for Grabs

Up for Grabs

An adventure through the evolving science of organ transplantation By David Himmel It is late morning in early May 2014.…

From Routine Surgery to  Family Nightmare

From Routine Surgery to Family Nightmare

By Anthony Bonazzo In June 2012, my sister, Jennifer, called me from New Jersey. She told me not to worry…

Noninvasive Procedure Alternative to Knee Replacement Surgery

Noninvasive Procedure Alternative to Knee Replacement Surgery

By Karen Schwartz Batavia resident and longtime osteoarthritis sufferer Barbara Ford was only 50 years old, yet she experienced knee…

FDA’s Notice on Morcellation Stirs Up Fears and Not Enough Questions

FDA’s Notice on Morcellation Stirs Up Fears and Not Enough Questions

By Ruth Kaufman Last December, a Boston anesthesiologist and her husband, a surgeon, launched a campaign to end the use…

The Evolution of Cataract Surgery

The Evolution of Cataract Surgery

Simple and effective, removing a cataract is the sensible and first step to better sight By Terri Yablonsky Stat Gone are the days…

Repeat After Me: “Do Not Repeat”

Repeat After Me: “Do Not Repeat”

Carpal tunnel syndrome is not just the plague of the typistBy Karen Schwartz You’re writing an e-mail, aware of a…

An Eye For Business: Taking A Look At Lasik, America’s Favorite Surgery

An Eye For Business: Taking A Look At Lasik, America’s Favorite Surgery

By Patrick Kenney No elective surgery has attained as widespread an appeal and acceptance as has LASIK. Over the last…

Flex Time

Flex Time

More patients are spending less time recovering from joint-related surgeries By Nancy Maes Ron Allen was born with an improperly…

Sitting at the Unpopular Table

Lesser-known cancers deserve far more attention By Nancy Maes Some cancers, such as breast, colon and lung, are well known.…

Act Fast to Help Stroke Care

By Eve Becker Last January, Mark Kirk woke up with a headache. It worsened as the morning progressed, followed by…

Physical Therapy after Joint Replacement Surgery

Physical Therapy after Joint Replacement Surgery

The recipe for a successful return to normal activities By Nancy Maes When extensive pain makes knee or hip replacement…

Multiple Choice

Breakthrough technologies broaden options for hip and knee replacement hopefuls By Alex Lubischer It had been months since Cheryl Risicato,…

Triathlon Recovery

A lifetime runner gets a second chance with a total knee replacement By Alex Lubischer Fear of immobility caused William…

The Surgery Diet

Bariatric surgery is not a permanent fix to obesity, but there are newfound benefits By Terri Yablonsky Stat Weight-loss surgery can…

Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds

Meniscal transplant breathes life into athletic hopes of 16-year-old Lake Forest resident. by Katie Morell On a warm afternoon this…

Age of the Machines

Age of the Machines

How the da Vinci robot is changing the face of surgery. by Patrick Kenney The idea of machines conducting procedures…

A New Frontier

A New Frontier

How a molecule in the cornea could help fight blindness—and maybe cancer by Patrick Kenney This is how scientific discovery…

Change of Heart

Incredible new technologies keep the heart pumping By Nancy Maes On a multiple-choice quiz, a fair amount of people would…

Out of Joint: Hip and Knee Replacement

Out of Joint: Hip and Knee Replacement

Joint stiffness and pain, particularly in the hip and knee, can have a serious impact on a sufferer’s quality of…