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Alleviating Ankle Pain and Arthritis

Dr. Robyn Vargo hosts free Total Ankle Replacement talk May 7 at Silver Cross

New Lenox, IL (April 30, 2013)—Ankle arthritis can be caused by a prior injury, wear and tear, deformity or acute inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis or infection.  When an ankle is injured, it is susceptible to many debilitating conditions such as increased inflammation in the joint and arthritis. Infections of the ankle joint can cause damage to the cartilage cells, restricting the ability to regenerate and eventually causing permanent damage to the joint.  Genetic pre-disposition to arthritis is not well understood but affects some individuals uniquely, causing their joints to wear out faster than others.

Pain associated with ankle arthritis is one of the most frequent reasons patients seek medical treatment by an orthopaedic specialist.  “If you are experiencing severe ankle pain or restricted movement from arthritis in your ankle, you may be a candidate for an ankle replacement,” says Dr. Robyn Vargo, board certified orthopaedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “Ankle joint replacement is one of the most successful treatment options for disabling ankle arthritis, as it helps to relieve pain, restore motion and get you back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.  Since its inception over 30 years ago, there have been tremendous advances made in this procedure.”

Similar to total hip or knee replacement total, Dr. Vargo says ankle replacement surgery removes the damaged cartilage joint and surrounding bone from the ankle joint and then filling the gap with artificial components that restore ankle motion.  After completing ankle replacement surgery and a structured rehabilitation program, patients are able to return to their daily activities pain free.

Learn More at Free Program May 7
If you suffer from debilitating ankle pain caused by arthritis or cartilage injury, join Dr. Robyn Vargo, orthopaedic surgeon with Hinsdale Orthopaedics, to learn about the benefits of total ankle replacement surgery. This free program will be held Tuesday, May 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Register to attend online.

Dr. Robyn Vargo is one of the only surgeons in the Chicago area to specialize in total ankle replacements. She spent two decades of her life dancing with many well known dance troupes including Joffrey II Ballet in New York City. Accordingly, she brings a wealth of personal knowledge to the treatment of dance injuries.  She received her medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio followed by an orthopedic surgery residency at Brentwood Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Vargo is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). 

 

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