Ingalls Joint Center
Joints are all we treat. So we're better at treating them.
Did you know Ingalls is the only hospital in Chicago’s South Suburbs with a center dedicated solely to joint care? And, it’s conveniently close to home. Every year, we help more than 2,000 people like you get back on their feet. What’s more, board-certified orthopedic specialists at Ingalls trained at many of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. So you can feel confident about our experience and our expertise.
Whether you’re staying in one of our 18 comfortable, private patient rooms, or an outpatient, you’ll receive the care of a team of specialized nurses, health professionals and management dedicated completely to joint care. We’ll walk you through each step of the process, from surgery or outpatient care through pain management, physical therapy, rehabilitation and care in your home. We even offer complementary medicine services like acupuncture, massage therapy and reflexology to help you get moving again.
Ingalls Joint Center team specializes in:
- Pain management
- Sports medicine
- Conservative treatments like physical therapy
- Minimally invasive procedures
- Joint replacements
- Joint restoration
The future of joint care is here and now at Ingalls.
Orthopedic surgeons at Ingalls Joint Center treat knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, feet and hands with some of the latest technology available anywhere, including computer-assisted navigation to place new joints with pinpoint accuracy. That means less pain, a faster recovery and better range of motion for you. Here are some of our latest advancements:
Anterior Hip Replacement
Nearly 300,000 Americans undergo hip replacement surgery each year, followed by an extensive, activity-limiting recovery process. But not all hip surgeries are the same. Surgeons at the Advanced Orthopedic Institute at Ingalls offer a unique alternative approach, accessing the hip joint from the front, or anterior. Known as the "anterior approach," the technique minimizes the pain and time from surgery to recovery. A wider range of patients—including larger, heavier patients—may be candidates for minimally invasive or anterior hip surgery. With the Anterior Approach to hip replacement, orthopedic surgeons at Ingalls use one small incision on the front of the hip. This technique allows the surgeon to work between the muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones, sparing these tissues from trauma and a lengthy healing process. Keeping these muscles intact may also help prevent dislocations. Since the incision is in front, patients avoid the pain of sitting on the incision site.
Partial Knee Replacement
Osteoarthritis may affect all three sections of your knee—the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone) and patella (knee cap). However, it may only affect one or two of these, in which case you may be an appropriate candidate for a partial knee replacement, in which only the damaged section of the knee is replaced. A minimally invasive alternative to total knee replacement, the partial knee involves fewer mechanical parts – leaving more natural knee in place.
Custom Fit Visionaire Knee Replacement
Every person’s knee joint has subtle differences in shape and contour, but traditional surgical instruments used to place knee implants typically are one-size-fits-all. Visionaire technology uses MRI and X-ray images of a patient’s knee to design and build surgical instruments that are customized for a patient’s unique knee anatomy. During traditional knee replacement surgery, the surgeon spends time adapting the patient’s knee to fit the new implant. But with Visionaire, the surgeon comes to the operating room with surgical instruments engineered exclusively for the patient’s knee and an implant that matches the knee’s dimensions.
With computer-guided precision, the knee implant is then carefully put in place. Benefits of the new knee system include less pain, a quicker recovery and a longer-lasting implant. And, because Visionaire delivers pre-sized, pre-aligned instruments, surgery time is shortened, reducing a patient’s time under anesthesia.
Cartilage Restoration and Repair
Articular cartilage is the smooth, white tissue that covers the ends of bones where they come together to form joints. Healthy cartilage in our joints makes it easier to move. It allows the bones to glide over each other with very little friction. Articular cartilage can be damaged by injury or normal wear and tear. Because cartilage does not heal itself well, doctors have developed surgical techniques to stimulate the growth of new cartilage. Restoring articular cartilage can relieve pain and allow better function. Most importantly, it can delay or prevent the onset of arthritis. At the Advanced Orthopedic Institute at Ingalls, experts now offer several revolutionary new procedures to repair or restore damaged cartilage without the need for joint replacement surgery, including Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation, or ACI.
ACI is a two-step procedure. New cartilage cells are grown and then implanted in the cartilage defect. First, healthy cartilage tissue is removed from a non-weightbearing area of the bone. This step is done as an arthroscopic procedure. The tissue that contains healthy cartilage cells, or chondrocytes, is then sent to the laboratory. The cells are cultured and increase in number over a 3- to 5-week period. An open surgical procedure, or arthrotomy, is then done to implant the newly grown cells. The cartilage defect is prepared. A layer of bone-lining tissue, called periosteum, is sewn over the area. This cover is sealed with fibrin glue. The newly grown cells are then injected into the defect under the periosteal cover. ACI is most useful for younger patients who have single defects larger than 2 cm in diameter. ACI has the advantage of using the patient's own cells, so there is no danger of a patient rejecting the tissue.
Copeland™ Implant for Shoulders
The Copeland™ Shoulder is a revolutionary surgery done on people with arthritic shoulders that in the past were only candidates for a total shoulder replacement. It is an appropriate option when patients are in the early stages of arthritis. This surgery preserves the bone in the shoulder and provides a secure fit for the new bone to grow into the implant. Patients can still have a total shoulder replacement later in life, but with this implant they can live a normal, less restricted lifestyle than if they were to have a total shoulder replacement. Patients as young as 45 have had this surgery performed and are thrilled with the results. The typical patient is someone who has had multiple surgeries on their shoulder and has been told they are too young to have a shoulder replacement. Unlike a total shoulder implant, the Copeland™ is designed to cap only the top of the humerus, requiring much less bone and cartilage removal.
Arthroscopic Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Repair
Arthroscopy allows the orthopedic surgeon to insert a pencil-thin device with a small lens and lighting system into tiny incisions to look inside the shoulder joint. The images inside the joint are relayed to a TV monitor, allowing the doctor to make a diagnosis. Other surgical instruments also can be inserted to make repairs, based on what is seen with the arthroscope. Because it involves small puncture wounds instead of an open incision, arthroscopy involves less post-operative pain and a quicker recovery. It is typically done as an outpatient procedure.