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Karen O' Keeffe's Story

Back to biking 50 miles after Knee Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2020

I can run again! I sought answers for my knee problems for 5 years from numerous doctors. I had an articular cartilage defect in my knee. At times I had to hold onto the hand railing to get upstair...

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Kiana Siefert's Story

Back to elite soccer after 2 ACL Reconstructions
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - October, 2020

Thank you again for your great surgery team that cared for Kiana through two ACL reconstructions! Kiana’s soccer team, Noblesville High School, once again heads to the 3A State Championship game...

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Dana Goodman's Story

Back to technical climbing after my revision rotator cuff repair with Dr. Cole...Other's said it could not be done!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - October, 2020

I injured my shoulder a few years ago and had a rotator cuff repair in January 2019. I reinjured it while climbing in August 2019. Two consults later resulted in an unanimous opinion: shoulder repla...

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Traci Falbo's Story

Team USA Ultrarunner's Progress After Knee Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - October, 2020

Dr. Cole, I cannot say thank you enough for giving running back to me. It’s such a huge part of my life. Running is MANY things to me. It’s the majority of my social time, as I run with friends...

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Peyton's Story

Collegiate-Level Soccer Player Returns to Game After Knee Injury
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - September, 2020

Peyton has been playing soccer at the University of Chicago over the past 2 years. She had an ACL injury October of 2019, which resulted in pain, swelling, and limited motion in her right knee. It was...

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Maureen's Story

Life Changing 110 pound Weight-loss after Knee Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - September, 2020

Dear Dr. Cole, I have been waiting to inform you of how you had transformed my life. You had performed surgery on my right knee in February 2012 for an osteochondral injury. It was an extremely lon...

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Emily's Story

American Ninja Warrior back to Competition after ACL Tear
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - August, 2020

Before my injury, I was an All Star cheerleader and an American Ninja Warrior competitor. I tore my ACL at practice on January 7 th, went through a month of prehab, and had surgery on March 4 th. Stre...

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Maria Kronk's Story

Physical Therapist back to cycling after knee surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - May, 2020

I sustained a bucket handle tear of my medial meniscus in my knee at the end of March, which locked my knee into a bent position. I struggled with all my activities, including: Walking, transferring,...

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Jeff Watts's Story

Knee Problem
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - March, 2020

At 54 years old – you can try to forget the years but you can’t ignore the mileage.

I came to Dr Cole after a relatively catastrophic cartilage “pop and lock” in my right knee and giv...

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Caroline Cox's Story

Back to competitive swimming after having my shoulders finally fixed!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - March, 2020

Throughout the years, swimming has always been a very important part of my life. Ever since the age of two, the sport stuck with me. Growing up, I was a successful swimmer who balanced my love for run...

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Lauren Matuscak's Story

Back to competitive swimming after shoulder surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - February, 2020

Growing up, I was very successful in swimming. I was apart of team Indiana and won many top eight finishes in the state. Around my freshman year of high school I started feeling pain in my upper back ...

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Lauren Magiera's Story

Back to doing the things I love without having surgery!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2019

I took a nasty spill on the ice in November. I have been an athlete my entire life, so I'm very in tune with my body. I knew immediately that I was more than just sore and bruised, but I was in...

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Colton Jones's Story

Back to basketball after ACL Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2019

Every day, the Valparaiso junior woke up and got to work on his right knee. Jones tore his ACL in his first AAU practice after the high school season in March, and he wanted more than anyt...

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Ruby Hansen's Story

Back to competitive gymnastics after knee cartilage surgery. Watch me go!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2019

I have been a gymnast for nearly thirteen years and have had my fair share of injuries along the way. This past year, I tore cartilage in my knee for the second time and was told that I needed yet ano...

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Stephanie McHale's Story

Cole Team: THANK YOU!!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - October, 2019

Hi Cole Team - I am a past patient of Dr Cole and had surgery on my knee in May 2018 after a ski accident in March 2018. After my surgery you and the team were so supportive and motivated me to st...

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Lucy's Story

Returning to Activities I Love After Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - August, 2019

After multiple knee surgeries during high school and college athletics, my knees had taken a beating. Sophomore year of college, my body hit a point where working out became painful, hiking was imp...

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Madeline Stammen's Story

Cirque du Soleil athlete Madeline Stammen returns to figure skating after ACL reconstruction
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - June, 2019

I was thrilled that Dr. Cole was able to do my second ACL reconstruction. It is always scary putting your body, which is your career, at the hands of another. I had heard about Dr. Cole’s experti...

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Carolena Carsten's Story

Carolena Carstens wins spot in Pan American Games 6 months after ACL reconstruction
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - June, 2019

Just a short 6 months after her ACL reconstruction, Carolena Carstens, 2 time Olympian and ranked 8th in the world in Taekwando, won a remarkable match at the Roberto Duran Center in Panama 54-9 ag...

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Nic Meister's Story

From Shoulder Pain to Starting College Tennis Player
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - April, 2019

Beginning in January of 2018 I began experiencing pain in the AC Joint of my left shoulder. I felt the pain the most when hitting forehands in tennis as well as performing activities with a straigh...

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Micah Christian Hurd's Story

Successfully getting back to my sports again after 2 major knee injuries
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - March, 2019

I am so thankful for the fantastic work Dr. Brian Cole has done over the past two years. I can't say enough about how lucky I am. After each of my last two injuries, Dr. Cole fixed and rebuilt my k...

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John E. McMahon's Story

Back to Football after my ACL Surgery...Thanks to Team Cole
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - January, 2019

Please also make sure your team knows how grateful we are for the quality of care Jack received. He had an incredible year in football as the team’s leading tackler and picked up some nice interc...

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Taylor Newman's Story

Recovering well after a double cartilage transplant of my knee
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - January, 2019

I came to Dr. Cole in desperate need of pain relief and better mobility of my knee due to a sports injury 10 years ago that left me without a lateral meniscus and after years of bone on bone, my ca...

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David Tuttle's Story

the best!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Dr. Cole operated on my rotator cuff after a first attempt by another surgeon in another location tried and was unable to do the repair. Dr. Cole was prepoared to use a donor patch but was able to...

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Anonymous's Story

Two years after a knee cartilage transplant and I have my life back
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

When I was 25 years old, I began to experience knee pain while sitting at my desk. I was an ex-college athlete, but the life of a forensic accountant was far more painful than any drill I went thro...

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Tyler Phillips's Story

Extreme Hiking after Cartilage Transplant
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

In July, 6 months after a medial meniscectomy with medial and lateral osteochondral allografts, I did a major backcountry hike in Glacier National Park in Montana. Previously, I was unable to walk ...

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Darrione's Story

Committing to DePaul Basketball after an ACL Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

I want to thank Dr. Cole and his awesome staff at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush for doing my ACL surgery! I tore my ACL playing basketball in high school, and I came back stronger than ever after my ...

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Micah Hurd's Story

Setting records after ACL reconstruction
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Dr Cole is the go to guy. He and his staff are second to none. My son tore his acl and pcl during last football game. Surgery was done Nov 2018 and he just did his PR in the 100 meter dash 6 months...

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Cooper Sloan's Story

Back to football and basketball after ACL sugery!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

ACL reconstruction for a 14 year old isnt ideal, but in this case it worked out perfect.

Cooper Sloan is a 14 year old eighth grade from Peotone, IL. He is active in multiple sports incl...

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Jessica Stroble's Story

Back to Cross-Fit and Getting My LIfe Back after a Cartilage Transplant
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

In December of 2016, I had a fresh osteochondral allograft transplant of my patellofemoral joint and a distal realignment. Before surgery, exercise was painful along with pain during activities of ...

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Pastor Steve Troglio's Story

Doing God's work after my orthopedic surgery by Dr. Cole and his team
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Hey Doc

A year ago next month you put me back together again, this time it was my knee.

I cannot express how thankful I am that because of you and your team I can go do what I know G...

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Robert (Bob) Behnke's Story

Quality of life restored! Back to tennis and golf after my shoulder replacement!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

I lead a very active life. About 18 months ago I developed pain in my left shoulder that progressively got worse as time went by. Eventually the pain was bad enough that it was greatly affecting my...

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Daniel Adams's Story

Treating the Patient, not the MRI: Finding Surgical and Non-Surgical Success with Dr. Cole
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

In 2009, I found Dr. Cole after an exhaustive search and Castle Connolly referral. He performed a meniscus repair on my left knee after months of unsuccessful PT. Two years later, he performed a me...

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Richard Dickerson's Story

Richard Dickerson Testimonial
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Two years ago I was in more pain than anyone my age should have been in. At the time I was a 20-year-old who had spent my entire life playing sports; an active lifestyle was all I knew. Then I tore...

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Sophie Allen's Story

Back to elite dancing after having my shoulder stabilized by Dr. Cole and his team
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Prior to seeing Dr. Cole, I was regularly suffering from shoulder subluxations and/or full dislocations. Not only was this painful, but each time a subluxation or dislocation occurred, my anxiety a...

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Cody Polovitch's Story

Successful Outcome 10 Years after Meniscus Transplant
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Before my surgery with Dr. Cole I couldnt do any sort of jumping without feeling my knee would slip out of joint. Its been 10 years since my surgery and Im doing 50 box jumps and deep squatting...

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Michael Danielak's Story

A College Baseball Player Picked up in the MLB Draft following Successful Patellar Tendonitis Treatment
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Patellar Tendonitis

I was beginning my college baseball career with patellar tendonitis in my left knee. I had been dealing with sharp, throbbing, and aching pain that a...

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Sarah Warren's Story

Olympic Skater and College Soccer Champion Back after ACL Reconstruction
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

What do you take away from last year where the team didnt fare too well and you missed most of it with an injury?

I think if we forget about it, its not a useful season. Obviously things ...

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Anonymous's Story

How my ACL Surgery led me to an entirely new sport
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

FROM HUNTER HALL

Before tearing my ACL for the first time when I was 10, I was a multi-sport athlete competing as a right wing in hockey and a forward in soccer. It was a long time ago, so I...

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Fanning's Story

Another baseball player gets back after Tommy John Elbow Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

After I tore my Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) in the second start of my junior season, I felt a sharp pain every time I tried to straighten my elbow. I was never able to get it fully straight. ...

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Melissa M's Story

Melissa M Testimonial
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

My left knee had been through a lotmeniscus & MCL damage, an ACL repair, torn cartilage and a Microfracture. Needless to say, it was recommended to me that I should hang up my soccer boots AND run...

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Celiana's Story

A Teen's Journey and Return to High Level Soccer after ACL Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

On behalf of Celiana Torres would like give a huge thanks to Dr. Cole and Staff throughout the entire process. After surgery things were not easy. It was not only the discomfort from surgery, but e...

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Jake Lafrenz's Story

Star Athlete back in the Game after Tommy John Elbow Surgery by Dr. Cole
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Jake Lafrenz is a 17-year-old senior from Elgin, IL and a star athlete on the St. Edwards Central High School baseball team. Not long ago, with an 88 mph fastball and a pitching spot on the Nationa...

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Sara Pawlaczyk's Story

An osteochondral allograft allowed me to walk without pain and play sports again!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

I first met one of Dr. Coles PAs back in 2013 and I still remember the hope he gave me the first time we talked. After already having 4 knee surgeries (including an ACL and Microfracture on my ri...

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Jake Tucker's Story

My new ACL got me back on the mat and winning again!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Dr. Cole performed my ACL surgery and after 6 months, I was back wrestling on the mat placing 3rd at the prestigious Grappler Fall Classic in Michigan and Runnerup at the USA Wrestling Preseason Na...

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Anne Petersen's Story

Anne Petersen Testimonial
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

I came to Dr. Cole feeling desperate, as all the doctors in my area had given up and told me that they could not help my knees and the one doctor who referred me to Dr. Cole stated I needed some ve...

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Deborahglln's Story

Reverse total shoulder exceeded all our expectations
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

My husband required a reverse shoulder replacement. We had researched many doctors and had five doctor appointments prior to seeing Dr. Cole. He was the only one that was very confident and had the...

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Shelby Koester's Story

Dr Cole gave me back my active life
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

For 3 years, I lived with constant knee pain due to bad genetics and injury. The pain interfered with daily activities, exercise, and family fun. Dr. Cole changed all that. He gave me back an activ...

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Shelly Bender's Story

Back to Running after years of Pain
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

While training for my second marathon in the spring of 2013, I injured my IT Band. It became so tight that it caused severe pain by my right knee. I ran through the pain because I was determined to...

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Sean Sweeney's Story

Barrington's Liz Sweeney having superb season after ACL injury
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

The road back has been a long one for Barrington shortstop Liz Sweeney, who tore her ACL midway through last season and had to watch from the sidelines as the Fillies finished fourth in the state.<...

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Liz Sweeney's Story

Back to Softball in a Big Way after ACL Reconstruction
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

After missing nearly the entire second half of last season due to knee surgery, Barrington senior shortstop Liz Sweeney has made a terrific comeback on the softball diamond this spring.

On T...

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Mark Wilson's Story

Playing Professional Golf with a Meniscus Tear and No Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

My name is Mark Wilson, and I have been a professional golfer on the PGA TOUR for 14 years. I felt pain in my right knee in April 2015 after doing 40 yard dashes (bad idea at 41 years of age!) and ...

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Nate Edgington's Story

My return to competition after a cartilage transplant
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Hello, my name is Nate Edgington. In 2006 Dr. Cole performed an ACI AMZ procedure on my right knee. Working for an orthopaedic company in Indiana gave me the luxury of knowing who some of the bes...

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Anonymous's Story

Back to Basketball after ACL Reconstruction
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Dear Dr. Cole & Staff:

I wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you for your fantastic care of my son. From beginning to end, (i.e. appointments, personal follow-ups via telephone, preoperativ...

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Anonymous's Story

Soccer captain rises to #1 in conference with full recovery!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

After suffering an ACL tear my freshman year of high school, I thought my sports career would never be the same. I was cleared to return to return to sports just 5 months later and was on the ultim...

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Anne Petersen's Story

Free from knee and shoulder pain after bilateral MPFL reconstructions and plication with Dr. Cole.
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

At was 35 years old, I was of normal weight yet could no longer climb a flight of stairs without a lot of pain, nor could I even walk a mile for light exercise with my family. Having Ehlers-Danlos ...

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Aaron Kemp's Story

Back to football after having my clavicle fracture fixed by Dr. Cole
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

On my first day back to football practice after our summer break, I broke my collarbone clean through and was en route to the hospital when a thought hit me; I am going to miss my junior year of fo...

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Tom Cycyota's Story

The Allograph: Brought to You by AlloSource
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Surgeons and clinicians truly are our partners in ensuring donated tissue is able to help patients heal. Our commitment to maximizing the possibilities of tissue is echoed in their tireless work to...

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Robert J. Weskamp's Story

Elated after my rotator cuff repair
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Dr. Cole and his staff are the benchmark for professionalism, talent, and attention to the patient. Im a Medicare patient so my expectations were rather low. My case and the associated MRI and ort...

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Rev Steven Troglio's Story

Non-Joint replacement surgery for my shoulder arthritis allowed me to return to my mission work without pain
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Hey Dr Cole

My name is Steve Troglio, you worked on my shoulder 4 years ago. At the time you did a procedure to give me time before needing a replacement from all the years of being a athlet...

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Claudia Ongtengco's Story

Successful revision shoulder surgery allowed me to sleep and exercise again!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

My husband and I are in our mid-forties, and for our 18th wedding anniversary decided to go skiing. To make a long story short, I fell down and had surgery with a local orthopedic doctor in Februar...

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Anonymous's Story

Cartilage Transplant to the Roof of Africa
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

In May of 2010, at the age of 39, I had my third knee surgery, the DeNovo NT procedure performed by Dr. Cole and his team, which was a cartilage transplant from a donor. I decided to have the surge...

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Anonymous's Story

Thank you for truly giving me a new lease on my active life
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

When I met Dr. Cole, I was desperately looking for a solution for the pain in my knee. I was a former four-sport athlete in high school and played college basketball at BYU. My junior year, my team...

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Robert Szajkovics's Story

Bowling a Perfect Game after a Meniscectomy
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Bowling: Old ball still has some magic for Robert Szajkovics

A couple of weeks back, Robert Szajkovics was at wits end, averaging more than 10 pins below last seasons 224 in his Sunday morn...

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Lois Teerling's Story

So Happy after my Total Shoulder Replacement
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Dear Dr. Cole

Just a quick, long overdue Thank You to you and your team for giving me an excellent new shoulder.

I can do all the things I love, golf, photography, lifting the gra...

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Anonymous's Story

Big 10 Soccer Player Returns after ACL Reconstruction
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

As a collegiate soccer player, I thought that tearing your ACL would be a death sentence. In my first conferenece game my Junior year that was sentenced upon me. I remember begging my athletic trai...

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Annie Hendricks's Story

Girl's 10 Years of Knee Pain Ended after Surgery at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

By age 18, Annie Hendricks knee was operated on eight different times, and it still wasnt getting any better.

Hendricks first injured cartilage in her knee at age 8. She then developed ...

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Brian Kachinsky's Story

BMX Rider Competes Again after ACL Reconstruction
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

International Competitor Gets MOR Functional Sports Assessment before Returning to Sport

Brian Kachinsky, 31, a Wisconsin native who now resides in Chicago, is known for his fearless BMX rid...

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Jen's Story

One more marathon and medal for the family who donated my meniscus transplant
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

In the fall of 2007, I injured my knee training for my second marathon. As a runner, I was accustomed to icing, slapping a knee brace on and running through the pain. It would take me more than a y...

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Michael Collins, Travis and Schertz's Story

The Ultimate Gift: Tissue Donation
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

The Story Of A Young Man Gone Too Soon And A Grateful Recipients Football Dreams

Michael Collins life was tragically cut short, but he continues to make a difference in the lives of othe...

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Jess Stansell's Story

My New Meniscus
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Im 28 and live in Madison with my husband Jason and our dog Jack who happens to be the star of the video. I had a bucket handle tear when I was 13 and have struggled with pain and stability since ...

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Anonymous's Story

49-year Old Former Athlete Regains Activity after Cartilage Allograft Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

If it wasnt for Dr. Cole and his fabulous team Kyle, Natalie and Mukesh, I would not be where I am today. I am PAIN FREE and able to exercise, play volleyball, softball, tennis, spin classes and...

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Kelly Maday's Story

Back to Scoring Goals after Knee Surgery for OCD
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

In the spring of 2012, I had an MRI for a pulled ITB/hamstring injury and it was discovered I had stage 3/4 left knee OCD (osteochondritis dissecans), but I was asymptomatic. I took a break from pl...

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Caroline Allen's Story

Competitive Sand Volleyball Player Returns to the Court 4 Months after ACL Reconstruction
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

One of the most dreaded things an athlete can hear is that your ACL is torn. I had to process this difficult news after waking up from surgery to repair my torn meniscus which uncovered that my lef...

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Hayley Bordui's Story

High School Junior Back on the Court after Knee Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

My name is Hayley Bordui. Going into my junior year of high school basketball, I was being recruited by multiple division one schools. In the preseason, I had a sudden knee injury. Having my future...

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Missy Morris's Story

Obstacle Course Racing after Microfracture Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

On October 15, 2011, I participated in my very first Spartan Race, the Midwest Sprint. Ive been participating in sports for as long as I can remember and Ive had some experience running a few obs...

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TS's Story

Medial Knee Pain is gone after Dr. Cole Performed Knee Arthroscopy
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

On May 29, on Dr. Coles recommendation, I underwent right knee arthroscopy at Rush Oak Park after having had pain for 8 months and no alleviation after PT and a cortisone shot. I had medial plica ...

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Holly Amatangelo's Story

Able to Run the Chicago Marathon after Torn Meniscus Repair
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

I just wanted to write to you, Natalie, and the rest of your staff and say a huge THANK YOU for everything you did for me with my knee surgery in January! After several months of physical therapy a...

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Shea McGovren's Story

Zipping Back to an Active Life after Shoulder Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

My name is Shea McGovren. I am a daughter, sister, girlfriend, friend, niece, cousin, granddaughter and health care provider. I love to laugh, waterski, snowski, live, white water raft, walk our do...

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Anonymous's Story

Long Distance Runner Thankful for Successful ACI/AMZ
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

All my life I have been on the go. Its just how I live my life and want to continue living it this way. I started playing softball when I was four years old. The position I went with from age six ...

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Kaitlyn Biegelmann's Story

Meniscal Transplant Gives High School Musician a Second Chance
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

My name is Kaitlyn Biegelmann, and I had a meniscal transplant on July 7, 2010. Before my surgery I could hardly walk and was in constant pain. As a teen it was difficult to keep up with my friends...

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Mike Doyle's Story

Successful Shoulder Replacement
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

In February of 11, Dr. Cole replaced my right shoulder with a reverse ball and socket replacement. This surgery was much different from the previous (rotator cuff repair) in that the rehab was fas...

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Alex Ruder's Story

Finding the Right Doctor
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

My name is Alex Ruder, and I have been very active in sports for nearly most of my life until my shoulder began to hurt. What I initially thought would go away with rest ended up being a seven-year...

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Amanda Meyers's Story

Successful Osteochondral Allograft Transplant at 30
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Eleven years ago, I hurt my shoulder in a freak accident. After two operations, eight years, and countless negative MRIs, I was still in pain all the time. It was then that I decided to go to Dr. B...

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Sam Wittwer's Story

Successful ACL Reconstruction for 11-Year-Old Athlete
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

I tore my ACL playing football on 10/16/10. For an 11-year-old, the last thing you want to hear is an 8-month recovery and surgery. Oh yeah, and I cant play any sports in that time period. It real...

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Keith Bailey's Story

High School Coach is Back in the Game
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - December, 2018

Left Shoulder Capsular Release May 2007
Right Shoulder Capsular Release November 2010

Four years ago at age 54, three orthopedic surgeons told me that my left shoulder had no cartilag...

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Alicia Baisden's Story

64-Year-Old Woman Living Active Four Months After Rotator Cuff Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

My name is Alicia Baisden. On 12-01-2011 I had rotator cuff surgery. Before my surgery I was unable to lift or carry anything over a few pounds without pain. If I overused the right hand, it would ...

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Anonymous's Story

Able to Participate in Cross Country Ski Trip Four Months after ACL Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

I tore my ACL at the USA National Ultimate Frisbee Championships in October, and Dr. Cole repaired my ACL with a hamstring graft in November. By February I was rock climbing and biking. In mid-Marc...

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Mona Frisbie's Story

Mona 2.0
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

I was always active growing up but it wasnt until my early 20s that I discovered running. I started out as many beginning runners do, logging 1-2 miles at a time, increasing the miles over the ye...

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John Mele's Story

Golfing and Snowboarding After Successful SLAP Repair Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

My name is John Mele. I have been very active in sports and weight lifting my entire life. I played football through college, baseball for 12 years, I wrestled and even boxed. Now at 35, I focus on...

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Anonymous's Story

Successful Meniscal Transplant at Twenty-Seven
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

As the one-year anniversary of my meniscal transplant approaches, I sit down and marvel how something as small as a meniscus can have a very BIG impact on your life.

It all started eleven yea...

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Stevenson's Story

Elite Gymnast Wins Regional Title After Having her Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstructed by Dr. Cole
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

Stevenson wins NSC crown
By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald

A year ago, Caitlin Pagano suffered a devastating fall on the bars in warm-ups right before the North Suburban Conference meet, w...

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Best Xuan's Story

My Life is Back on Track
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

Thank you for pulling my life back on track. I have suffered from shoulder instability for eight years, with no sports, and I even experienced discomfort with doing simple tasks such as homework.

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Suzie Flentie's Story

Successful Knee Replacement at 50
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

I grew up in central Montana where I learned to love outdoor activities, and Ive always loved running. As a young girl I wore out three stick horses (a popular toy back in the 1960s) on the gravel...

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Leo Bruynseels's Story

Keep Moving Young
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

I underwent a partial removal of my miniscus on 8/25/10. I can now do everything, including walking at 4 miles per hour, without any knee pain.

It is very important to attend all the therapy ...

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Wayne Barnett's Story

71-Year-Old Former Marine is Living Active
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

Total Shoulder Replacement

Prior to the Procedure, I could touch the top of my head with my right arm, only with pain. I could not touch the top of my left shoulder. And ...

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Frank's Story

Swimming Along Nicely After Rotator Cuff Repair
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

My name is Frank, and while I dont normally admit it, Im over 60 years old (or young, as the case may be). Swimming has been my main athletic activityI usually swim more than 200 miles per year....

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John's Story

No Knee Pain Three Years After Cartilage Transplant Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

Hi, my name is John, and before I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Cole and his team, I had five knee operations within a 20-year period. During those procedures the doctors would remove bone fragme...

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Pat Price's Story

54-Year-Old Woman Finds her Sweet Swing Again After Rotator Cuff Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

Hey, look at this! I keep saying that to my friends as I show them the range of motion I now have in my right arm. I can actually use it again! Last summer I was miserable. I had a lot of pain an...

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Anonymous's Story

70-Year-Old Man Enjoys Return of Function Two Years After Rotator Cuff Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

I am extremely pleased with Dr. Cole and surgery. I can actually throw overhand for my dog better than before the injury. ATI Physical Therapy also contributed greatly to my recovery.

The on...

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Anonymous's Story

High School Athlete Named MVP After Successful Arthroscopic Surgery
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

In March 2010, our 16 year old son Ty was diagnosed with osteochondritis in his right elbow after many years of pitching. He lost his high school sophomore baseball season due to this injury and wa...

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Zeid Salfiti's Story

Zeid Salfiti gets back to boxing after both shoulders stabilized
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

  • July 2004, Amman, Jordan Emergency Room, dislocated left shoulder playing basketball.
  • March 2005, Nassau, Bahamas Emergency Room, dislocated right shoulder going down a waterslide...

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    Kim Howatt's Story

    Living a Life of Sport Once Again
    Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

    My name is Kim Howatt, and I had an AMZ/ACI December 2008. I was a very active kid growing up. Any sport any time. After a collegiate softball career, I continued to play competitively, until I was...

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    Adam Verhasselt's Story

    Successful Bilateral Microfracture Surgery
    Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

    Dr. Cole performed bilateral microfracture surgery along with bilateral AMZ and ACI procedures on my knees. He and his physicians assistants, Natalie Podboy and Kyle Pilz, have been very easy to t...

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    Jeff Ciecko's Story

    It's All in the Family
    Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

    I just wanted to share something with you all that my Godson, Kyle Conlon, and I think is pretty cool.

    We took a big family vacation to Breckenridge, CO, in June and of course we couldnt...

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    Anonymous's Story

    Back on the Slopes
    Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

    Your handy work on both my knees was put to great use a couple weeks ago in Park City, Utah, at the Deer Valley ski resort

    The great news is my left knee distal realignment and ACI (Autolog...

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    David's Story

    What did I get myself into?
    Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

    Thats what I was thinking as I stood in the back of the pack waiting to start the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. My longest run to date was 6 miles. I spent the summer testing my bad knee, maki...

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    Anonymous's Story

    Pain Free after Rotator Cuff Surgery
    Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

    I am a 69-year-old retired pharmaceutical rep in good health, an active person, walker, golfer, etc. I had rotator cuff day surgery on October 7, 2008, on my right shoulder. I was told that it was ...

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    Justin's Story

    Humeral Head Transplant Restores Quality of Life
    Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

    Justin, age 17, was diagnosed with chondrolysis of his right shoulder. He suffered from incredible pain which he had endured for over a year. He was not able to use his right arm to comb his hair, ...

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    Kyle's Story

    High School Basketball Standout Scores after One Year off Court
    Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

    Normal Community High School standout basketball player Kyle Dierkes returned to the court November 24, 2009, making a full comeback from a serious knee injury. Kyle, who missed all of last season ...

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    Alexa Torman's Story

    All-Conference High School Soccer Player Returns to the Game
    Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

    Ligament injuries to the knee are very common in sports that require stopping and starting or quickly changing directions. Marengo Community High School standout soccer player, Alexa Torman, knows ...

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