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Naperville Kindergarten Teacher Undergoes Outpatient Hip Replacement

Early last year, kindergarten teacher Lisa Simpson, 55, of Naperville was having trouble keeping up with her students at Beebe Elementary School. For a couple of years, she had been managing her hip pain with conservative treatment, but this time she knew something was really wrong.

“At my age, I just assumed I had bursitis or another type of inflammation,” Simpson explains. “I was shocked to learn that my x-rays showed bone-on-bone osteoarthritis.”

Simpson, not yet mentally ready to have surgery, opted to receive a cortisone shot to minimize the pain as much as possible. This treatment worked for a time, but after several months, she was moving so slowly and awkwardly at home and school that her boss asked her what was wrong. The pain eventually extended all the way down to her foot.

“I knew then that my pain was obvious to others, so I asked around for a good hip replacement surgeon,” she says. “My close friend highly recommended Dr. Scott Sporer at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush who is right here in Naperville. I liked what she said and what I read online.”

She met with Dr. Sporer and appreciated his plan for an outpatient total hip replacement. He explained that younger patients like her are becoming more and more common. More active than earlier generations, they have put more wear and tear on their joints but want to continue their active lifestyles. They also appreciate the convenience of going home the same day as surgery and not missing much work. However, Dr. Sporer recommended that Simpson wait to have surgery for two months after her last cortisone shot to avoid an increased risk of infection.

“I agreed with Dr. Sporer’s treatment plan, but the hip pain got so bad that I could hardly take it anymore,” Simpson says. “My nights were the worst and the pain was 24/7. I had no idea pain was so exhausting.”

Dr. Sporer prescribed medication for Simpson to minimize her pain until surgery could be safely done. Finally, the day came, and her total hip surgery at the Rush Oak Brook Outpatient Center was a success. It took less than two hours.

“My friends couldn’t believe how well I did after surgery,” Simpson says. “I came home and walked up the steps. The next day I had no pain and within days gave up any walking aids.”

One month following surgery, Simpson gratefully returned to in-person classroom teaching. She also added fitness walking back into her regular regimen just a month after surgery. Simpson enjoyed the regular recovery texts she received from Dr. Sporer which reminded her to keep moving, do her physical therapy and let him know if she had any concerns.

Today, Simpson would tell anyone not to wait or be afraid to have a joint replacement. “I absolutely got my life back,” she says. “I’m looking forward to retiring and being my active self again!”

AAOS Perfecting the Fundamentals of Inpatient and Outpatient Total Hip Arthroplasty

Top hip surgeons guide you through the latest updates in total hip arthroplasty inside and outside the operating room so you can return to practice with refreshed techniques and contemporary approaches.

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Dr. Sporer is serving as course director in the upcoming AAOS course "Total Hip Surgical Skills" 4/24-4/25/2020 in Rosemont, IL


Dr. Sporer recently presented his research on the use of cementless knee implants at the annual closed meeting of the Knee Society. This study followed a group of patients for two years and showed excellent results with knee implants that rely upon bone to grow into the prosthesis rather than relying upon glue for fixation

Dr. Sporer recently presented his research on the use of cementless knee implants at the annual closed meeting of the Knee Society.



Dr. Sporer was recently promoted to the academic rank of full Professor at RUSH University Medical Center. This honor is provided to physicians that have made significant contributions to the advancement of orthopedics locally, regionally and nationally.


Dr. Sporer was recently accepted as a fellow into the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The mission of the ACS is "The American College of Surgeons is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment."


The International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR) Hip and Knee meeting was recently held in Key Largo FL on June 21-23. Dr. Sporer, along with other leaders in hip/knee replacement, was invited as a faculty member and instructor for the course. He educated other surgeons on various hip and knee replacement topics.


The American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons has once again asked Dr. Sporer to be the course director for the annual hip replacement continuing education conference "Meeting the Challenges of Total Hip Arthroplasty: Approaches, complications and Contemporary Issues" The course will be run July 19-20 in Rosemont, IL.


The International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR) Hip meeting was recently held in Rochester MN on April 12-14. Dr. Sporer, along with other leaders in hip/knee replacement, was invited as a faculty member and instructor for the course. He educated other surgeons on various primary and revision hip replacement topics.


The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons spring meeting was held May 3-5, 2018 in Miami FL. Dr. Sporer was a faculty member for the course and provided an educational symposium to the surgeons in attendance about the relationship between a patients hip and spine. He also led several discussions about challenging clinical scenarios.


It has recently been released that Dr. Sporer has the lowest complication rate for Hip and Knee Replacement at Central Dupage Hospital.

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Dr. Sporer and his team are offering preoperative cold therapy to target peripheral nerves prior to knee replacement surgery. This treatment temporary stops pain nerves from sending pain signals to the front of theknee during the recovery phase of knee replacement.

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Dr. Sporer recently became accepted as an active member of the prestigious Knee Society. He is now the only orthopedic joint replacement surgeon in the western suburbs of Chicago that is a member of both the Hip and Knee Society.

Dr. Sporer recently became accepted as an active member of the prestigious Knee Society



Orthopedic surgeon to know: Dr. Scott Sporer of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Scott Sporer, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at Chicago-based Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.

Dr. Sporer specializes in hip, knee and joint reconstruction and replacement and has special interests in primary and revision arthroplasty surgery, anterior and posterior approaches to hip replacement and minimally invasive techniques.

Currently serving as associate professor at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Sporer also sits on the board of directors for The American Joint Replacement Registry and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

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Dr. Sporer's recent mission trip to Santa Cruz

Dr. Sporer recently completed a medical mission trip to Santa Cruz

Dr. Sporer recently completed a medical mission trip to Santa Cruz, Boliva where a team of doctors, nurses and therapist performed over 60 total hip and knee replacement procedures. Operation Walk is a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical services organization which provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries (and occasionally in the US), that have no access to life-improving care for arthritis or other debilitating bone and joint conditions. Operation Walk also educates in-country orthopedic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals on the most advanced treatments and surgical techniques for diseases of the hip and knee joints. This is done in conjunction with surgeries to help create a lasting contribution to patient care in developing countries. Donations to operation walk can be made at:


Dr. Sporer Discusses Current Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Techniques

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Dr. Sporer recently attended the annual American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Meeting in San Diego. During this meeting, he presented the results of several clinical research studies and educated other orthopedic surgeons about current hip and knee arthroplasty techniques.


Dr. Sporer will be Hosting Dr. Huiming Peng

Dr. Sporer

Dr. Sporer will be hosting Dr. Huiming Peng from Peking Union Medical College Hospital in Beijing, Chinal. He is an orthopedic surgeon that will be spend 3 months in the United States and observe primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery.


Joint Adventures

Nearly 1 million Americans receive new hips or knees each year - and many are determined to put them to good use

Be Realistic About Recovery

Replacing worn-down joints with devices made of metal and hard plastic often serves as “a lifechanging procedure for the good,” says Pistello’s surgeon, Dr. Scott Sporer of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago. But it’s not a quick fix, he warns. Sporer and Kirschen - baum both advise patients to exhaust all their non-surgical options first, such as weight loss, medications and physical therapy. The longer you can delay surgery, the lower your odds of having to replace the joint again, they say. And while you wait, scientists are developing new treatment options, including pain-relieving injections and betterconstructed joints that last 20 years or even longer.

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Still Active after Two New Knees and Shoulders

Daniel Quealy

Daniel Quealy, 65, of Clarendon Hills has always been active, having played organized sports from grade school through college. His competitive juices eventually led him to play softball and racquetball and participate in marathons and triathlons. All of these things made Dan feel alive.

Over time, knee pain became his ultimate challenge. It became so severe that he depended on a daily regimen of aspirin just to get through a day. Eventually, the pain reached a crescendo when he had difficulty just walking and couldn't safely carry his grandkids. That's when he knew it was time to ask for help.

Quealy carefully researched options for treatment. With several family members in the medical field, he repeatedly heard that the patients of one doctor seemed to have more successful recoveries. That was Dr. Scott Sporer, a hip and knee replacement physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR).

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Dr. Scott Sporer Discusses New RSA Technology to Track Implant Movement

Dr. Scott Sporer, hip, knee and joint replacement specialist at MOR, discusses a new, cutting edge technology called Radiosteriometric Analysis (RSA) that is being used to track movement of hip and knee implants. Dr. Sporer is one of the first in the country to use this technology to track implant movement and durability, offering peace of mind for patients.

Patient Back to Active Lifestyle after Hip Specialist Dr. Scott Sporer Performs Surgery

Gail, a teacher and physical education coach from Downers Grove, was able to return to hiking, biking and working out with her students after a hip replacement performed by Dr. Scott Sporer, a hip specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.

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Dr. Scott Sporer Accepted to the Hip Society

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) is proud to announce the acceptance of Dr. Scott Sporer into the Hip Society. Dr. Sporer joins fellow MOR surgeons Dr. Craig Della Valle, Dr. Jorge Galante, Dr. Joshua Jacobs, Dr. Aaron Rosenberg and Dr. Wayne Paprosky as members of this prestigious society.

The Hip Society is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge of the Hip Joint. For additional information about the Hip Society visit:

Dr. Sporer Discusses New RSA Monitoring System

Dr. Scott Sporer, hip and knee reconstruction and replacement specialist, is interviewed by WLS-TV discussing the new RSA monitoring system to track implant movement and durability offering peace of mind for patients. This is also the first RSA joint registry.

Drs. Sporer and Paprosky Offer New RSA Monitoring System

Dr. Scott Sporer and Dr. Wayne Paprosky, hip and knee reconstruction and replacement specialists, are the first in the country to offer a new RSA monitoring system that tracks movement and durability of implants for hip and knee replacement patients. Here's the story on WGN-TV.

MOR Surgeons Top Becker's Top Specialists Lists

MOR surgeons recognized as top orthopaedic specialists in Becker's Hospital Review

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush sports medicine and cartilage restoration surgeon Dr. Brian Cole has been named one of the top 25 knee surgeons in the nation by Becker's Hospital Review. The publication's "15 Great Hip Specialists to Know" featured MOR joint reconstruction surgeons Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, Dr. Craig Della Valle, and Dr. Scott Sporer. In addition, the publication named MOR surgeons Dr. Howard An, Dr. Gunnar Andersson, and Dr. Frank Phillips as three of the best spine specialists in America.

Becker's Hospital Review is a bimonthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Becker's Hospital Review is published through ASC Communications, which is a leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for ambulatory surgery centers, hospital leaders, and physicians and administrators of orthopaedic and spine practices.

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Rush Study Earns AAHKS Clinical Research Award

A study produced by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush surgeons on the treatment of total hip arthroplasty infections has earned the prestigious "Clinical Research Award" from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAKHS).

The study was led by MOR joint replacement surgeon Dr. Craig Della Valle. Findings from the study will be presented at the AAHKS Annual Meeting in November. Coauthors of the paper include MOR joint replacement surgeons Dr. Scott Sporer and Dr. Wayne Paprosky, along with Rush University Medical Center orthopaedic resident Dr. Sanjai Shukla.

"The Clinical Research Award is an acknowledgement of the excellent clinical and scholarly work being done at the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at Rush University Medical Center," says Dr. Jacobs. "Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush has long been a referral center for the complex total joint replacement patient because of the expertise of our clinicians. Dr. Della Valle in particular has developed an international reputation regarding his expertise in treating the patient with an infected total joint replacement."

The Rush study examined a very complex group of patients who were being treated for an infected total hip arthroplasty. The foundation for this type of treatment is a "two-stage exchange," whereby in the first operation the prosthetic components are removed and replaced after the infection has been eradicated (typically two months after the initial procedure).

"While there is a large body of literature that describes how to diagnose an infection, there is far less information to guide the clinician in deciding if an infection is cured and it is safe to place the new hip into the joint," says Dr. Jacobs. "Research observations by MOR surgeons such as Dr. Della Valle have helped to define clinical algorithms for the successful management of patients with this complication."

MOR's award-winning studies in the management of the infected total joint replacement patient complement numerous other clinical and basic science research programs in total joint replacement, sports medicine, spine surgery, hand/upper extremity surgery and orthopaedic oncology.

About the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Established in 1991, the mission of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) is to provide leadership in advocacy, education and research to achieve excellence in hip and knee patient care. The AAHKS is comprised of over 1,200 board-certified or board-eligible orthopaedic surgeons in the United States and Canada who devote at least 50% of their practice to hip and knee arthroplasty.

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