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Local Grandpa Scores Big

Thomas Bojan, of New Lenox, is a busy man. As a retired ComEd engineer, Bojan was looking forward to spending his days doing what he loved - cheering on his 8 grandchildren at all of their activities, meeting friends for a yukort card game, competing in the Senior bowling league twice a week, and finding some time to golf. That is, until his back began to hold him back.

templinedited“I tried everything to help with the back pain—chiropractors, epidural shots, physical therapy, and even cortisone injections, but nothing helped,” says 71-year old Bojan. “I couldn’t bowl straight, I was always wobbling and I was always uncomfortable.” Then, a chance meeting changed his life. Bojan attended a Village Hall meeting and heard Mayor Balderman discuss his life-changing experience from spine surgery. As soon as Mayor Balderman thanked the doctor, Dr. Cary Templin, Bojan made a mental note to make an appointment as soon as possible. 

Upon meeting Dr. Templin, Bojan learned that his spine was misaligned and that years of ignoring the pain and taking injections were not going to correct the structural problems in his spine. Dr. Templin recommended Bojan to undergo a minimally invasive spinal fusion.

“Minimally invasive spinal surgery offers a safe and effective alternative to traditional spine surgery,” said Dr. Cary Templin, orthopaedic and spinal surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “By taking advantage of the body's natural tissue planes, they provide less disruptive access to the spine, resulting in less tissue damage and related blood loss. As a result, patient's have the potential for faster recovery times, and more importantly these procedures may decrease the risk for future problems at the surrounding levels of the spine.”

What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally Invasive Spine (MIS) surgery uses cutting-edge technology to treat your spinal condition without causing undue injury to the surrounding soft tissues. Computer-assisted technology is used to customize the surgery to an individual’s needs and assist the surgeon to make precise changes to the anatomy of the spine.

Among the many benefits of a minimally invasive spine procedure is recovery. Temporary relief procedures such as injections and medications can help minimize the pain, but surgery provides an opportunity to live more comfortably, if not pain free. Traditional surgical methods involve more tissue disruption and larger incisions to access the spine, increasing recovery time. With a minimally invasive procedure, patients can be back to normal movement much quicker. Other benefits include less scarring, less post-operative pain, and less blood loss.

Learn More
Join Dr. Cary Templin to learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery on Wednesday,

October 19 from 6:30 to7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. To attend this free program, register online at or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

About Dr. Cary Templin
Cary Templin, M.D., board certified orthopedic and spine surgeon, specializes in Spinal Disorders and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Dr. Templin attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati and completed his internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Northwestern University. Dr. Templin completed his spine surgery fellowship training at the University of California, San Diego. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and spinal surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Templin is a noted author and researcher in the fields of orthopaedic and spinal surgery, publishing spine-related research publications and text books. He is a dedicated member of professional societies committed to his field, such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and the American Orthopaedic Association. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Templin, contact his office at Hinsdale Orthopedics at (815) 462-3474.

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 the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 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 or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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