FAQ

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do patients really leave the same day?

A.  All of Dr. Berger’s patients are full weight bearing the same day of surgery so the majority of patients are able to walk out of the hospital the same day.

*Find more information on the Surgical Procedures Page

Q. Is Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery right for me?

A. Dr. Berger’s minimally invasive surgery can help alleviate the pain and discomfort of arthritis. There are several surgical options for patients suffering from arthritis of the hip or knee— a consultation with Dr. Berger would allow you to discuss your surgical options or more conservative, non-surgical approaches to pain management.

Q. How can I get more information and/or schedule an appointment?

A. Please contact Andrea Sanchez at 312-432-2343 or Kylie Less at 312-432-2557 or kylie.less@rushortho.com. Or request an appointment online here.

Q. Can I mail x-rays and other medical information for the doctor to review?

A. Unfortunately no, Dr. Berger needs to see and examine you prior to scheduling surgery.

Q. What is the sequence of events after I decide to schedule an appointment?

A. A total of two to five visits may be required to have the surgery performed by Dr. Berger; some of these visits can be combined for our patients who live outside the Midwest. These visits may include:      

  1. An initial consultation     
  2. A pre-operative testing and education day     
  3. SURGERY (out-of-town patients stay two to three days following surgery)     
  4. One or two post-operative appointments     
  5. An annual visit which would need to be repeated every year for the rest of your life

Frequently Asked Questions: Surgery

Q. What type of prosthetic is used in Minimally Invasive Surgery?

A. Dr. Berger uses the same type prosthetic which is used in standard total joint replacements; these include high flex and gender specific knee prosthetics.

Q. Does Dr. Berger do the anterior hip approach?

A. In fact, Dr. Berger pioneered the anterior approach to hip replacement surgeries. Dr. Berger is the only physician in the country doing an outpatient anterior hip replacement.

Q. Is Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery right for me?

A. Dr. Berger’s minimally invasive surgery can help alleviate the pain and discomfort of arthritis. There are several surgical options for patients suffering from arthritis of the hip or knee— a consultation with Dr. Berger would allow you to discuss your surgical options or more conservative, non-surgical approaches to pain management.

Q. Does Dr. Berger perform every surgery?

A. Yes. Dr. Berger performs every minimally invasive surgery himself.

Frequently Asked Questions: Insurance

Q. What insurance does Dr. Berger take?

A. Contact Vennessa (312-432-2356) to discuss how we can work with your insurance policy to make Dr. Berger’s minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery possible for you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Accommodations

Q. Is there a local hotel where I can stay?

A. Rush University Medical Center provides a concierge service for our out of town patients; their number is 312-942-5050.  Our office can also assist you with hotel recommendations or you can download a complete list of hotels offering special rates to patients and family below.

The Park Hyatt

The Peninsula

The Waldorf Astoria

The Trump Hotel

 

Q. Where is Dr. Berger located?

A. Dr. Berger sees patients at: 1611 W. Harrison, Chicago, IL 60612 view map and directions

 

Outpatient Hip and Knee Replacement • www.outpatienthipandknee.com • 1611 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612 • 312-432-2557