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Knees nearly like new for patient following partial replacement
Photo caption: Dr. Michael Durkin will lecture on new treatment options available for knee pain at a free seminar from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, 1401 W. 22nd St. in Oak Brook.

Hinsdale –Jerry Curwick had dealt with knee problems for more than 10 years, but during his last trip to Florida this winter, he hit a breaking point.

“I could hardly get out of the car and walk,” the Manteno resident said. “I was in a lot of pain.”

It was so bad that he had to cut short a trip to the golf course. One of the people he was golfing with had to help him back to his golf cart so he could get back to his car and get home.

In otherwise good health, Curwick could not stand the idea that he might be facing immobility.

“I’m very active,” he said. “I golf two, three times a week. I do a lot of walking.”

He began researching surgical options, and discovered MAKOplasty®. The technique involves the use of a robot to conduct minimally invasive knee replacement surgery. That speeds up recovery and helps preserve healthy bone.

Curwick wasn’t sure about the technique until he ran into someone at the gym, a 75-year-old man running hard on a treadmill. Impressed, Curwick got to talking to the man and discovered he’d had MAKOplasty surgery on both his knees. In four months, he was back to running.

“I started looking for somebody here in the Chicago area, and I found Dr. Durkin,” Curwick said. “I made an appointment with him, we talked it over, and he said I was a candidate.”

Dr. Michael Durkin of Hinsdale Orthopaedics scheduled a partial knee replacement surgery for Curwick shortly after their first meeting. It was done at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

Curwick was the perfect candidate for the partial knee replacements, Durkin said. He had attempted other interventions first, and when they stopped working, surgery became a good option.

Durkin will lecture on new treatment options available for knee pain at a free seminar from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, 1401 W. 22nd St. in Oak Brook. Those interested in registering for the talk can call (630) 856-7525, or visit and click on “Education & Events.”

Knees are broken up into basically three compartments, Durkin said. Total knee replacements will change out the surfaces of all three compartments, while partial knee surgeries, such as Curwick’s, typically change out one compartment. In Curwick’s case, it was the medial compartment, the inner portion of the knee.

Doctors have to be particularly diligent about partial knee replacements because the implants used in them must line up precisely with the rest of the knee, Durkin said.

“You’re not doing a total tear down,” he said. “You’re kind of refurbishing one room in the house.”

That’s where the MAKOplasty robot comes in. The computer allows for precise alignment down to tenths of a millimeter, Durkin said. That means less removal of bone and less post-surgery therapy.

“We can do it through a smaller incision and we don’t cut any muscle with this procedure,” Durkin said. “We don’t get into the quads and we’re not removing bone, so there’s less bleeding.”

Therapy for a partial replacement usually lasts four to five weeks, Durkin said. Total knee replacements go 12 weeks.

Since the surgery, Curwick said his right knee is like new. The left, which needed more bone spur removal, is still recovering. Despite that, the difference is like night and day.

“He did a very good job on my knees,” Curwick said. “He was very caring, very thorough. Dr. Durkin is like a gift to me.”


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Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; (630) 856-2354.