Suburban Women’s Magazine: Rapid Recovery is A Reality for Patients Seeking to Return to Active Lifestyles

Dr. Shah is a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon whose mission is to get active joint replacement patients back on their feet as quickly as possible. As a leader in his field, Dr. Shah teaches colleagues worldwide about new advances in same day hip and knee replacement, hip arthroscopy, and joint revision surgery. 

Dr. Shah’s typical otherwise healthy hip and knee replacement patient walks with a cane about one hour after surgery, returns home after ninety minutes, and is back to a light workload in a few days or weeks. Such rapid recoveries are possible because of new advances in surgery, anesthesia, physical therapy, and patient preparation. Recovered patients typically go back to skiing, hockey, and tennis. One former hip replacement patient is a horse trainer at Arlington Park; a hip arthroscopy patient is currently a professional race car driver. 

Dr. Shah is also an expert in hip arthroscopies. This procedure relieves hip pain in younger patients with cartilage tears and may prevent otherwise inevitable joint replacement surgery later. 

Dr. Shah shares, “Patients often wait far too long to have their hip and knee pain evaluated. This unfortunately leads to limiting various activities that impact quality of life and promote muscular and skeletal weakness further aggravating discomfort. Avoiding activity due to pain often leads to weight gain as well. We perform a very thorough assessment that will give the patient a road map for their care that makes return to function a priority and may combine several approaches that may or may not include surgical intervention. The average person will struggle with hip and knee pain for over 3 years before seeking treatment. We seek to return our adult Ritesh Shah, M.D. patients of all ages back to full function as quickly and effectively as possible. Patient experience matters to us very much, and we make detailed education a priority so that anxiety is reduced and confidence in the process is there.” 

Dr. Shah largely credits his results to a team- approach to orthopedic care. The practice objective of “Rapid Recovery Reality” is only possible because of a leading-edge anesthesiologist, a consistent and expert operating team, and leading physical therapists both in home and outpatient settings. 

Dr. Shah is a graduate of University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, completed his residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and received specialized training through his Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine where he gained additional expertise in Joint Preservation, Resurfacing, and Reconstruction. 

Dr. Shah is affiliated with Illinois Bone and Joint Institute and is on staff at Advocate Lutheran General, Advocate Illinois Masonic and North Shore University (Evanston) Hospital.