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As one of the most trusted orthopedic centers in Chicago, Advocate Christ Medical Center offers the surgical expertise that comes from performing nearly 5,000 operations annually.

Our reputation as a tertiary referral center translates to continuous advances and improvements in the surgical treatments we offer. At the same time, our infection rates are below national averages and we have some of the lowest readmission and revision rates in the area.

Surgical treatments and technologies at Christ Medical Center include:

Dedicated Computer-Assisted Navigation
Christ Medical Center is home to Chicago's only dedicated computer-assisted navigation surgical suite. Surgeons use this GPS-like technology to perform complex surgeries with the greatest accuracy. Mounted computer screens make it easier for specialists to select implants that will fit perfectly, reducing the future need for additional surgeries.

These minimally invasive procedures require less time and rehabilitation and are used to reattach fingers, hands and limbs. Patients are often transferred to Christ Medical Center from other institutions because of our experience with these techniques. Patients with severe back pain can undergo a microdiscectomy at Advocate Christ Medical Center and go home the same day.

Surgeons at Christ Medical Center are pioneers in arthroscopic techniques for meniscus repairs and multi-ligament injuries. We perform significantly more arthroscopic surgeries than other hospitals in the area. Patients who opt for these minimally invasive procedures are able to return home the same day and immediately begin physical rehabilitation.

Resurfacing Techniques
Christ Medical Center is among the few institutions in Chicago to feature surgeons who were trained to use these breakthrough techniques by the physician who invented them. Resurfacing is an ideal treatment for athletes who need to return to a high level of performance as quickly as possible following an injury. Not only does it shorten surgery time; patients also have a lower risk for complications.

Cartilage Regeneration
When the cartilage in a joint is replaced or repaired, patients have a greater risk of developing arthritis over time. Orthopedic surgeons at Christ Medical Center offer cartilage regeneration techniques, where the patient's own tissue can be grown in a lab and then placed back into the joint. This technique means that less foreign objects are used, and can hasten the development of arthritis. We also participate in the investigation of the latest biomedical technologies that may be used in the future to further improve these treatments.

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