Orthopedic Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common offered by orthopedic surgeons; they offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (708) 660-INFO (4636) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

Tests

  • Bone scan: A test to image bones in the body.

Treatments

  • Bone marrow aspiration stem cell concentrate: Bone marrow contains stem cells that can help bones and joints heal. Fluid is harvested from bone marrow via a minimally invasive procedure, concentrated and injected into the area that needs treatment.
  • Cartilage restoration: Treatment to restore or replace damaged cartilage in the in the elbow, foot, ankle, hip, knee or shoulder.
  • Cortisone injection: Treatment used to provide pain relief for a variety of conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
  • Physical therapy: The process that helps restore function and independence after a procedure.
  • Trigger point injections: Used to relieve painful areas of muscle that have become tight and inflamed.

Procedures

  • Ankle replacement: Surgery to replace damaged bone and cartilage in the ankle.
  • Arthroscopy: A type of surgery less invasive than open surgery.
  • Carpal tunnel release: A surgical procedure to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Discectomy: Surgery to remove all or part of a herniated disc.
  • Hand joint replacement surgery: Used to treat severe arthritis in the small joints of the hand.
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty: Minimally invasive surgical procedures used to treat painful compression fractures of the spine.
  • Limb lengthening: A treatment for young people with leg-length discrepancies caused by congenital abnormalities, diseases (including cancer) or major fractures.
  • Lumbar disc replacement: The replacement of a diseased disc from the lower spine with an artificial disc.
  • Meniscectomy: A surgical procedure to remove all or part of a torn meniscus.
  • Meniscus transplant: A surgical procedure in which a disc of donor cartilage (allograft) is implanted into the knee of a person who needs to have a damaged meniscus removed (meniscectomy).
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Mini tightrope procedure: Used to correct bunions and other foot deformities.
  • Osteotomy: Usually involves cutting a bone to reshape deformities in the feet, hips, knees, or legs.
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Spinal fusion: A surgical procedure in which vertebrae are joined — or fused — together.
  • Tommy John surgery: A procedure to stabilize a damaged elbow joint.
  • Wrist joint replacement surgery: A procedure in which some of the bones of the wrist are replaced with an artificial prosthesis.