Real Patient Results

Tennis Pro Felicia Hutnick Bounces Back After Knee Replacement Surgery

62-year-old Felicia Hutnick continues her professional tennis career after a left knee replacement with Dr. Berger. From 1975-1979, in Winter Park, FL, Rollins College ranked #4 in Division 1 Women’s...

The Sky is the Limit

After 29 years, Dr. Berger’s patient, Ray Medley soared through his hip replacement recovery and accomplished his ultimate goal of skydiving.   63-year-old Medley experienced significant hip pain before his...

Dr. Richard Berger Discusses Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery on Fox News Chicago

Hip replacement in younger women Dr. Richard Berger and patient Kia Hinz, discuss her hip replacement surgery, and why younger women are choosing the procedure more and more, with Sylvia...

Dana Potts running after hip surgery with Chicago Skyline
Dana Potts

Winning the Gold In the late summer of 2017, 63-year-old Dana Potts crossed the finish line of the 400-meter Illinois Senior Games State Race, seven months following a muscle preserving...

Christine Vollmer

Providing Service One Knee at a Time Malawi is often referred to as the ‘warm heart’ of Africa, which also describes 63-year-old Christine Vollmer, as she is the ‘warm heart’...

Dr. Berger Sets Record for Orthopedic Surgery

The only surgeon in the world to perform over 10,000 minimally invasive outpatient joint replacement surgeries. From a young age, Berger was interested in helping others enjoy a life of...

Study finds outpatient surgery more satisfying than inpatient joint replacement
Outpatient joint replacement patients highly satisfied, Chicago study finds

Republished with permission from Becker Spine Review Results of a new study that compared inpatient and outpatient satisfaction levels after total joint arthroplasty found that outpatients were just as satisfied,...

Dr. Berger First Surgeon to Perform 10000 Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgeries
Dr. Richard Berger becomes 1st US physician to perform 10,000 outpatient joint replacements

Republished with permission from Becker Spine Review Richard A. Berger, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago, has become the first physician in the country to...

Sanja gives her hip replacement recovery the top grade

When Sanja Seferovic Drnovsek had her right hip replaced by Dr. Berger in June of 2016, she felt completely comfortable leaving the hospital, with simply a cane, that very same...

These heels are made for walking

As Betty McEnroe prepared for one of her last physical therapy sessions, following her second knee replacement with Dr. Berger, she set her gym shoes to the side and threw...

Making the Most of Every Season with a New Hip

Randy Mehrberg was equipped to climb 94 flights of stairs a mere three months following Dr. Richard Berger’s minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. He ascended up the John Hancock Building,...

CrossFit: The Importance of Range of Motion

For Dr. Berger’s patient, Matt Bell, achieving a full range of motion after knee replacement surgery was not simply a desire, but a necessity. The 62-year-old continuously tests his strength...

Kneeling After A Total Knee Arthoplasty

This is a specific exercise program aimed at regaining the ability to kneel following a total knee replacement. Part of the program will involve desensitization, or in other words, reducing...

Winning the Gold

In the late summer of 2017, 63-year-old Dana Potts crossed the finish line of the 400-meter Illinois Senior Games State Race, seven months following a muscle preserving hip replacement surgery...

Flying for Surgery

Are you considering flying from out of state to see Dr. Berger? You can rest easy. Roughly 30% of Dr. Berger’s patients fly to and from Chicago for surgery. Traveling...

Providing Service One Knee at a Time

Malawi is often referred to as the ‘warm heart’ of Africa, which also describes 63-year-old Christine Vollmer, as she is the ‘warm heart’ of Chicago and patient of Dr. Richard...

Game Ready- Cold Therapy Unit

Does the thought of icing your joint after surgery sound uncomfortable, or better yet, inconvenient? Controlling swelling with icing after surgery is essential, but now Dr. Berger is working with...

World Renowned Orthopedic Surgeon Sets New Record

CHICAGO — Dr. Richard A. Berger, 55, is the only surgeon in the world to perform over 10,000 minimally invasive outpatient joint replacement surgeries. From a young age, Berger was...

Where Does Dr. Berger Operate?

If you call our office for an appointment, you’ll come to find out that Dr. Berger only sees patients for appointments at the Midwest Othopaedics at Rush, Chicago location. What...

Post- Surgery Marathons

For 76-year-old Anthony Mauro, running 35 miles a week is simply a part if his regular routine. Mauro had bilateral knee replacement surgery with Dr. Berger in the fall of...

Veteran’s Day Hike

This past Veteran’s Day weekend, Christopher Nystuen enjoyed his morning coffee atop Mt. Watzmann, the third highest mountain in Germany. Amid the climb through the Bavarian Alps, his new hip...

Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate to help reduce joint pain.
4 Tried and True ways to Decrease Bruising and Swelling. 

We love this classic method to manage pain from Osteoarthritis or after joint replacement surgery. 4 ways doctors suggest to manage joint pain. R.I.C.E it!  R = Rest We want you...

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...