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Learn more about options for joint pain

La Grange – One in four people with osteoarthritis, or “wear-and-tear arthritis,” will need some form of joint surgery, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Learn about the latest orthopedic surgical solutions for worn-out joints with Dr. Bruce Hallmann, an orthopedic surgeon who treats patients at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Hallmann presents “Oh, My Aching Knee!” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Dixon Education Center at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road. The class is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (630) 856-7525 or visit and click on “classes and screenings.”

Hallmann treats patients at the hospital’s state-of-the-art Total Joint Center. Since opening a year ago, more than 230 patients have undergone total joint replacement or other procedures at the center. Total joint replacement, one of the surgical options available for people with osteoarthritis, involves replacing or resurfacing parts of joints that have been damaged by disease or injury. Joints most commonly replaced are knees, hips and shoulders, although ankles, elbows and fingers also can be replaced. It can relieve pain and get patients back to doing the activities they enjoy.


The average patient length of stay at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s Total Joint Center is 3.87 days. At the time of discharge, 89 percent of patients are able to perform their activities of daily living, such as walking, stair climbing, dressing and bathing without assistance.


“The feedback from patients, surgeons and staff has been extremely positive,” said Laura Kelley, manager of inpatient rehabilitation services. "Our program has been developed as a wellness model, where early mobility is encouraged and patients remain active throughout their stay.  As a result, patients can anticipate a speedy return to a better quality of life, free of joint pain.”