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Dr. Della Valle heads to Japan to give lectures

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Dr. Della Valle had the honor of being invited to Kamakura, Japan by Professor Kazuo Hirakawa of the Shonan Kamakura Joint Reconstruction Center to speak at their 3rd annual meeting. While in Japan from October 7th through the 12th, Dr. Della Valle is sharing with his hosts recent research work completed at Rush on the diagnosis and treatment of periprosthetic joint infection, exposures for revision total hip arthroplasty and the management of corrosions reactions in total hip arthroplasty.

Dr. Della Valle’s study wins The James A. Rand Young Investigator’s Award

A recent study that Dr. Della Valle co-authored has won The James A. Rand Young Investigator’s Award. The study is entitled “A Randomized Controlled Trial Of Oral And IV Tranexamic Acid: The Same Efficacy At Lower Cost?”. The award will be presented on November 7th at the annual AAHKS meeting in Dallas, TX.

About the award

The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) established the Young Investigator’s Award in honor of James A. Rand, MD, founding member and past president of AAHKS. The purpose of the Award is to recognize a young investigator who demonstrates clinical excellence in knee-related research.

To be eligible, the young researcher must be the principal investigator of the research submitted, and less than five years in active practice from the date of application.

The most outstanding paper that embodies Dr. Rand’s commitment to the highest standards of orthopaedic knowledge will be selected for presentation at the Annual Meeting.

About the study

Blood loss is a concern after hip and knee arthroplasty. Tranexamic acid, is a medication that is used commonly to reduce blood loss and the risk of transfusion after surgery. Tranexamic acid is usually given intravenously at the time of surgery.

In this study, we compared the use of an oral formulation of tranexamic acid to the IV form. The oral form is much less expensive and we found in this study that the oral form was just as effective. This study could lead to substantial cost savings for our health care system, in the range of $50 million dollars per year given that nearly 1,000,000 hip and knee replacements are performed in the United States every year.

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Dr. Della Valle Featured in Elmhurst Suburban Life

Elmhurst Suburban LifeDr. Della Valle is featured in a recent article in the Elmhurst Suburban Life newspaper. Entitled, “Elmhurst teen to share her story of overcoming adversity at Arthritis Foundation gala”, the article describes the experience of a thirteen year-old girl who received hip replacement surgery from Dr. Della Valle.

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Dr. Della Valle recommends three recent journal articles

Dr. Della Valle recommends the following journal articles that have recently been published:

A new study shows hyaluronic acid knee injections no better than placebo – Click here for abstract.

Study suggests super morbidly obese patients have very high risk of complications after knee replacement – Click here for anstract.

Web information on direct anterior hip replacement may not in many cases be accurate – Click here for abstract.

Dr. Della Valle to see patients in Munster, IN starting this October

Munster Specialty Surgery CenterDr. Della Valle will start seeing patients at the Munster Specialty Surgery Center in Munster, IN, once a month starting in October, 2015.

The Munster Specialty Surgery Center is located at 9200 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN 46321. Click here for directions.

Welcome to the newest member of the Della Valle Practice!

Chloe Therapy Dog

Dr. Della Valle and his wife Justyna’s dog Chloe has been certified as a therapy dog.

Patients who would like the opportunity to visit with Chloe while in the hospital can request a visit by calling us at 708-236-2738. We will do our best to accommodate.

Research has show that the use of therapy dogs has a positive effect on patients’ pain level and satisfaction with hospital stay after total joint replacement. Click here for the abstract of a recent study.

Dr. Della Valle elected to Board of Directors for Three Organizations

Orthopedic organizationsDr. Della Valle was recently elected to the board of directors for three organizations.

  • He was elected to the board of directors of the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association as Member at Large.
  • He was also recently elected to the board of directors of the Knee Society as Member at Large.
  • Dr. Della Valle was also elected to the board of directors of the Hip Society as Secretary.

New Partial Knee Replacement Video

We’re pleased to share a new partial knee replacement video with you. In the video, one of Dr. Della Valle’s patients, Erica Sumner, explains her injury and how the partial knee replacement surgery helped her. Dr. Della Valle and Dr. Richard Berger from Midwest Orthopedics at Rush also explain the benefits of the procedure.

http://youtu.be/vx5vLSHzSVo

Dr. Della Valle named a top knee surgeon by Orthopedics This Week

Orthopedics This WeekOrthopedics This Week announced the Top 22 North American Knee Surgeons and Dr. Craig Della Valle was again included in the elite list.

According to Orthopedics This Week, Dr. Della Valle’s peers have this to say about him, “He is not only a super surgeon, but he is a tremendous researcher who has done superb work on hip and knee reconstruction. He has taken issues such as infected and painful joint replacement and developed algorithms that advance the field.”

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Dr. Della Valle named one of the top five hip replacement doctors

Dr. Craig Della Valle, hip and knee specialist, was named in the top five doctors in the country for hip replacement by Expertscape, a medical search and ranking solution that uses objective algorithms to identify the most knowledgeable and experienced doctors and medical institutions in the country. Expertscape defines an expert as someone who has published peer-reviewed research on complications and treatments for a specific medical condition. The ranking firm also honored Rush University Medical Center for being among the nation’s top six medical facilities for hip replacement.

Dr. Della Valle also was named one of the “Top 22 North American Knee Surgeons” by Orthopedics This Week magazine. The editors said, “He is not only a super surgeon, but he is a tremendous researcher who has done superb work on hip and knee construction.”