Blog Archive

How Does Osteoarthritis Affect Women Differently? Oct 1st, 2019

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 30 million adults. It’s commonly thought of as the “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Young people can get it, but it most often affects middle-aged and older adults.  Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage, which covers the ends...

For Healthy Joints Follow a Balanced Regime: Aerobic, Strengthening and Flexibility Exercises Sep 1st, 2019

Think about the various movements your body makes in an average day. Everything you do — whether it’s going for a walk, standing in line at the post office, climbing the stairs, folding laundry, carrying a bag of groceries, or typing a quick email — is made possible (and easy)...

When and Why to Consider Seeking a Second Medical Opinion Aug 1st, 2019

When you’re dealing with health issues, especially orthopaedic issues, it can be hard to know what to do. Not only can all the medical jargon get confusing, but there can be a lot of factors involved, depending on your condition and treatment options.  At Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Vasili...

Can arthritis be prevented? Jul 17th, 2019

Arthritis is not a single condition. This term covers more than 100 types of joint diseases that affect nearly 40 million Americans, including 250,000 children. Arthritis develops when you lose cartilage cushioning your joints. As this tissue deteriorates, the bones forming your joints begin to rub together, which can lead...

Is it a Good Idea to Have Both Knees Replaced at the Same Time? Jun 1st, 2019

Trying to decide if you should have a knee replaced is hard. But what if you need to have two knees replaced? Should you have them both done at the same time? That decision can be even harder. Fortunately, you don’t have to decide on your own. Vasili Karas, MD,...

Robot-Assisted Surgery for Partial and Total Knee Replacement May 17th, 2019

Whether you blew out your knee in a rough game of rugby or you’re suffering from the effects of osteoarthritis, you know that knee pain can stop you from doing everything you love. If conservative treatments, such as lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and medications, haven’t worked for you, your doctor...

Joint Replacement Surgery Enables Sedentary Patients to Remedy Pain and Start Exercising Apr 16th, 2019

Joint problems can be incredibly frustrating — not only does the pain have an impact, but joint problems also place considerable limits on your life. The fact is that 15 million adults in the United States report severe pain due to arthritis, and many more are immobilized by joint pain...

Prepping For Your Joint Replacement Surgery Mar 14th, 2019

Since osteoarthritis causes mobility limitations in about 80% of cases, joint replacement surgery has enormous potential to relieve pain and restore normal living for millions of Americans. Combine this with an aging population, and it’s expected that well over 3 million joint replacements will be performed annually by 2030. While...

The Young(ish) Patient With Knee Pain: How to Treat Patients "Too young...but too old" Feb 9th, 2019

We Chicagoans are becoming ever more active and are enjoying athletic activities, not just in our 20-30s, but well into "middle age". All too often, patients in the 40-50 year age range are told they are "too old" for arthroscopy but "too young" for knee procedures such as arthroplasty. I...

Inpatient Versus Outpatient Joint Replacement Feb 1st, 2019

As baby boomers move into their senior years, the benefits of medical advances over the course of their lives assure that they’re looking at good health longer than any generation in history. Extended life and health come at a cost, however. Wear-and-tear shows up in active, aging joints. Hip and...

Why Revision Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery is More Complicated Than Initial Surgery Jan 11th, 2019

Most knee and hip replacement procedures successfully provide patients with many years of pain-free mobility. However, knee and hip replacement surgeries sometimes fail due to a variety of factors. In some cases, replacement parts can become damaged over time or reach the end of their lifespan. In any of these...

Preparing Your Home for Your Needs After Joint Replacement Surgery Dec 10th, 2018

Maybe you’ve mentally prepared yourself for joint replacement surgery by thinking about eventually being able to walk or move without pain. But have you prepared your home? Your mobility may be limited while you heal from joint replacement surgery, which means things you take for granted, like getting into bed,...

Advocate Aurora Illinois Masonic Hospital Physician Partners Dec 7th, 2018

Before deciding on undergoing hip replacement, one of my patients recently asked me if I use the same team every time I perform an arthroplasty. This was an insightful question that many people overlook. The core of the question was about communication. Do you communicate well with the multidisciplinary team involved...

Life With Your New Knee: What to Expect Nov 20th, 2018

If you’ve just had a total or partial knee replacement or you’re scheduled to get a new knee, you might be wondering what to expect after surgery. Many people are curious about the immediate post-operative recovery as well as what they can anticipate in the days or weeks after getting...

Understanding Complex Knee Revision (or Redo) Surgery Nov 12th, 2018

  Last weekend I had the privilege, not only to attend but to present, at the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons annual meeting. I presented a study that was a collaboration between Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, and Colorado Joint Replacement out of Denver...

Rapid Recovery Total knee and Total Hip Arthroplasty Oct 31st, 2018

The purpose behind a total knee or total hip replacement is to restore your mobility and get you get back on your feet again. Vasili Karas, MD, of Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, uses cutting-edge techniques to reduce trauma to the surgical site and lessen recovery time. Dr. Karas offers...