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Silver Cross Hospital Hosts free program on relief from knee pain on June 4

New Lenox, IL (May 14, 2014)—Are you tired of walking with a limp due to severe knee pain? If so, you are not alone because more than one-third of Americans report being affected by knee pain. Sometimes knee pain may be the result of an injury, too much weight on the knee joint, or arthritis. 

If you are experiencing severe knee pain, join Dr. Paul Trksak, orthopedic surgeon, to learn how to put your knees back in commission by reducing pain and restoring function! Learn about the latest options for the treatment of knee pain and partial knee replacement. This free lecture will be held on Wednesday, June 4 in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox at 6:30 p.m.  All participants will receive a GIFT BAG which includes a complimentary joint and back screening performed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician from The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, and other items to help you stay active ($125 Value). Register to attend at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). 

"Arthritis is one of the most common causes of knee pain. And, many patients only have severe arthritis on one side of their knee,” said Dr. Paul Trksak, orthopedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “One treatment for the relief of this pain is a partial knee replacement, which addresses the problem by removing only the bad tissue on one side, and saving the healthy joint tissue on the other side.” 

What is Partial Knee Replacement?

Unlike a total knee replacement, partial knee replacement surgery only replaces one side of the joint, and not the entire joint.  This method is less invasive and allows the physician to make a smaller incision.  There is less bone loss, and the procedure preserves all of the ligaments and the cartilage on the opposite side of the knee. 

There are many benefits to partial knee replacement surgery.  "This procedure allows for a more normal feeling knee and a higher level of function, and most patients can quickly resume regular activities," said Dr. Trksak.  "Most importantly, after partial knee replacement surgery, patients experience significant pain relief." 

Trksak suggests various treatment options to his patients based on their lifestyle and needs, however he doesn't push them because he wants them to be comfortable with their choice. 

To be successful, patients need to incorporate exercise to improve their range of motion and strength.  With this surgery, patients can generally achieve greater range of motion, and their recovery is often half the time compared to total knee replacement. 

About Dr. Paul Trksak

Paul Trksak, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital.  Dr. Trksak attended medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood.  He completed his orthopaedic training at Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Great Lakes; Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood; and Cook County Hospital in Chicago. His office is located with Hinsdale Orthopaedics at 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 200, New Lenox. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 462-3474. 

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have teamed up to expand post-acute physical medicine and rehabilitation services in Will County and the southwest Chicagoland communities. The partnership provides world-class rehabilitation care for a range of conditions for patients close to home. Silver Cross is the only healthcare facility in the area with this breadth of services in partnership with RIC. Together, Silver Cross and RIC provide rehabilitation services in inpatient and outpatient care settings at four locations. Additionally, the RIC team provides physical therapy services for patients on the hospital’s medical and surgical floors. For more information about RIC at Silver Cross, call (815) 300-7110 or visit www.silvercross.org. 

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 5 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. In 2013, Silver Cross provided over $48 million in charity care and other community benefits. 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). Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.

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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.