Michael Hill

A Second Chance Explaining the benefits of Dr. Richard Berger’s minimally invasive joint replacement surgery versus traditional replacement surgery can sometimes be a bit tricky to quantify.  Traditional joint replacement...

Stephanie Sarmiento

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough For patient Stephanie Sarmiento, being active is a way of life.  She inherited her active lifestyle from her parents who taught her to ski, hike,...

Kim Starr

A Mile In Her Shoes Kim Starr, a successful Mary Kay Independent National Sales Director, understands the importance of putting her best foot forward.  She has built her career developing relationships and...

Holly Dreman

Moving Forward and Giving Back Holly Dreman, a 66-year-old resident of Palm Beach, Florida, wasn’t sure what to expect after hip replacement surgery. She certainly didn’t think she’d walk out...

Theresa Romangolo

Hip dysplasia that left her with arthritis. After years of pain, former competitive soccer player and now a renowned college coach, Theresa Romangolo finally got the help she needed from...

Robert Anspach

72 Hours after total hip replacement surgery with Dr. Richard Berger! Share Your Story

Susan Saint James

When I was about 22, I jumped off a fence. I had perfectly good legs at the time, and I tore my cartilage. This was like 1966 or 67... Eventually,...

John Slattery

I'd been working with a compromised knee since college. I didn't do any rehab, I didn't have an ACL. They say you'll know when you know, when it's time to...

Cheryl

Skiing three months after knee replacement surgery. Cheryl, an active 55 year old from Colorado was able to ski three months after full knee replacement surgery. Surgical Date September 2015...

Steve W.

Skiing after double knee replacement surgery! Share Your Story

Bernadine Bocus

I'd been having pain for a very long time. I am a former athlete, played basketball and ran track and field in college, so it was in the early 90's...

Bill

“Had surgery Feb. 2, 2017. 18 holes of gold a couple weeks after knee replacement surgery! Thanks Dr. Berger! Shot an 83 too!” Share Your Story

William

"Thrilled to be fishing two weeks after surgery!" Share Your Story

Rick Matokar

Double Knee Replacements Give Pizzeria Owner and Runner a Second Chance Rich Matokar, a 70 year-old resident of Highland, Indiana, has been active all his life. Today, he considers competitive...

Harold Baines

“I went into surgery on the morning of June 18, 2010, and went home that afternoon.” Harold Baines rejoined the Chicago White Sox organization in 2004 as a coach under...

Bill J.

"I found that by reading the book provided by Dr. Berger’s staff, following the pain medication table and exercising, the recovery progressed quickly" I am the Chief of Police for...

Kevin

"After having both hips replaced by Dr. Berger less than a year ago, I have been fortunate to return to an active lifestyle completely pain free." After having both hips...

Mark McNulty

Mark McNulty successfully returned to professional golf shortly after his knee replacement. Within a year, he had several top 10 finishes in the PGA Championship Tour. Professional golfer Mark McNulty...

Bill

Ten weeks after surgery, Bill competed in the Chicago Triathlon and placed first in his age division. Bill an avid triathlete, came to Dr. Berger in January of 2009 with...

Linda

“It’s the first time in over 25 years that I’ve not had pain in my knee when hitting a golf ball. It feels fantastic.” Linda is a scratch golfer who...

Ron

"After two surgeries five weeks apart, I am still amazed at how quickly I have recovered. I have no pain in my hips or lower back!"  I have struggled with...

Rick

"This was so easy, I really feel sort of foolish for not getting it done sooner.” After I woke up from hip surgery I felt great and was able to...

Tom

"After the surgery I walked out several hours later. I did the prescribed rehab, strengthened the muscles that had atrophied in my legs, and started working out again..." I have...

John

"Eight weeks later I hiked the 8 ½ miles!" John was very active leading high adventure trips with Boy Scout Troop 19. He estimates he averages 150 miles a year...

Judith

At 48 years old and being an active person I was hesitant to consider having a knee replacement. I was worried that I was too young and that I would...

Tony

"Two new knees April and May... snowboarding in December!" Thank you Dr. Berger and your entire staff. Two new knees April and May. Turned 73 in August. Snowboarding in December....

LeBlanc Knee Replacement Surgery
Richard LeBlanc

Dancing with his daughter again. The average amount of money spent on a wedding in the United States every year is $26,444. Of the 2.3 million couples who get hitched...

Donna Amari Hip and Knee Replacement
Donna Amari

Bilateral Hip & Bilateral Knee Replacement Patient “If you were to tell me back in June of 2014 that I would have had both hips and knees replaced in an 18 month...

Patrick Sullivan

Whether you are from the Chicago area or not, you are probably familiar with our city’s famous St. Patrick’s Day traditions. Early Irish immigrants flocked to Chicago in the 1800s,...

Richard Ganz, Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Patient
Richard Ganz

Richard Ganz is a man on the move. At 61 years old, the Wilmette resident is as active as a person half his age, regularly enjoying activities like running, skiing,...

DR. BERGER FEATURED IN FORBES CUSTOM
Dr. Berger featured in Forbes Custom

INNOVATIONS IN HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY Dust Off Your Running Shoes, Yoga Mat—Even Your Hockey Stick Last year, hip pain forced Rhoda Pitcher to plan each day around her limitations. She couldn’t...

The Laws of Water
The Laws of Water

By Courtney Lyngen. Over the last five years fitness has become a huge part of my adult life. I would go workout for an hour four to five times a...

Nutrition after surgery
Nutrition Following Joint Replacement

“Is there anything special I should eat after my joint replacement?” “Donuts, cookies, chips, and cake!” I’m sure this is what many patients would like our response to be (at...

How Do I Know I Need a Knee or Hip Replacement?

Is it time for a knee or hip replacement? Dr. Berger’s New Patient Liaison gets around 100 calls per day. These potential patients, calling with complaints of horrific knee or...