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New program guides hip, knee surgery patients on wellness journey

A unique partnership between OrthoIllinois, the YMCA of Rock River Valley and Judson University is helping transform the lives of patients who need hip or knee surgery before they ever reach the operating room. It’s the brainchild of Megan Salser, a registered orthopedic technologist at OrthoIllinois who works with Dr. Michael Chmell, a board-certified orthopedic… read more


Recovering from Trauma: Paul Melull’s Story

I turned into the development in Geneva, Illinois and drove my way through the development, past homes under construction and through mazes of trucks, cement mixers and pallets of materials. I’m headed to Paul Melull’s home to talk to him about his experience with Dr. Earhart, one of OrthoIllinois’ orthopedic trauma surgeons. I rang the… read more


What should I expect during my Functional Capacity Evaluation

A Functional Capacity Evaluation is a test to determine the ability of the evaluated person to function in a variety of circumstances, most often employment, in an objective manner. These tests, which are often performed by a licensed physical therapist, are requested by physicians, insurances carriers or attorneys to assist in closure of a worker’s… read more


Jan Nowicki had outpatient hip replacement at the surgery center

Jan Nowicki was a good candidate for outpatient hip replacement at the Ortho Illinois Surgery Center. She had a hip replacement done with Dr. Antonacci near the end of April, 2016. We had a chance to sit down with her and talk about her experience and what motivated Jan to pursue hip replacement. I retired… read more


The American Academy of Pediatrics wants to improve safety in youth football

28% of children aged 5-14 play football in the US. On top of that, just over 1 million students play high school football. That’s a lot inspirational speeches, narrow victories and devastating defeats, and tackles. That’s a lot of tackles, which is what concerns the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP does acknowledge and the… read more


Dr. Izquierdo to serve as invited faculty for ASES/AAOS event!

Dr Izquierdo has again earned the distinction as invited faculty for an educational symposium organized by the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He will be teaching practicing orthopedic surgeons on several complex shoulder topics. Dr Izquierdo performs an extraordinarily high volume of reverse shoulder replacement and has become a regional expert in revision reverse shoulder… read more