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Quality of Life Seminar: Latest Advances in Hip & Knee Replacement

Dr. Sauer will discuss the latest advancements in hip and knee replacement in a Quality of Life Seminar at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Paul A. Sauer, M.D., will present a program titled “Latest Advances in Hip & Knee Replacement” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood. Attendees will learn the available options for the treatment of joint pain before replacements should be considered and what a total joint replacement involves.

More than 32 million people suffer from arthritis making it the main reason for joint replacement. Pain and a decreased quality of life because of osteoarthritis in the knees and hips have resulted in these being the two most common joints replaced in seniors.

In fact, seniors with osteoarthritis who undergo total joint replacement are twice as likely as those who do not, to show improvements in physical functioning and an increased ability to care for themselves, according to Duke University Medical Center researchers.

Currently, about 3 million joint replacements are performed annually, but by the year 2030, that number is expected to increase three-fold. New developments and advanced technologies are helping doctors achieve greater success with less pain and a shortened recovery time.

Since the first total joint replacement in 1960, advances have been significant and continue to develop. The two newest techniques are “partial replacement” and minimally invasive surgery (MIS).

A conventional hip replacement requires a side or back incision. The newest approach now forms a smaller incision on the front of the hip, which avoids cutting into major muscles. This results in a faster recovery time and greater mobility.

A knee replacement involves the removal of the diseased or injured knee joint and the implantation of three components. The femur bone is replaced with a metal shell, the end of the lower tibia is removed and replaced with a plastic piece with a metal stem, and a plastic “button” is added to the underside of the kneecap, if necessary, so it rides smoothly on the other implant components.

Even with advances in hip and knee replacements, both are still considered major surgeries that take a toll on the body, the patient and the family. Recovery time takes months, and physical therapy is always necessary.

Dr. Sauer has been practicing at the Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center in Bolingbrook since 2008, where he is currently the vice president. He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1989 and completed an orthopedic residency program at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He went on to complete a Joint Replacement Fellowship at Rush Medical Center in Chicago in 1995.

Dr. Sauer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is fellowship-trained in joint replacement, arthroplasty and revisions. His general orthopedics practice includes fracture care, joint replacements, sports medicine and hand surgery. He sub-specializes in the research and treatment of hip and knee replacements using the latest minimally invasive procedures.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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