Dr. Leon Benson, Division Head of Hand & Upper Extremity, gives an overview of the specialty.
Combining the latest technology with subspecialty expertise, the hand and upper extremity surgeons at NorthShore provide the highest quality care to children and adults for the full spectrum of injuries and disorders.
NorthShore's dedicated Hand and Upper Extremity team features not only technical specialization, but also excellence in nursing, anesthesia and all aspects of operative care, all for the benefit of our patients. We offer a broad range of interventions, from complex microsurgery to the latest, innovative minimally invasive treatments and our vast experience includes both common and more complex hand and upper extremity cases. Our team provides a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach, and we are committed to individual needs and ensuring the best outcomes.
The upper extremity consists of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Problems in these areas can be the result of injury, disease or repetitive motion and are increasingly common. The hand, and indeed the entire upper extremity, is critically dependent upon precise anatomical relationships where even a seemingly innocuous problem can upset the delicate biomechanical balance necessary for normal, pain-free function. Without appropriate treatment, even a mild disorder of the upper-extremity can significantly impair quality of life.
Our recognized experts are experienced in providing care for arthritis, congenital conditions, acquired pathology, and all types of trauma. Directly involved in the training of both residents and fellows, our physicians are committed to ongoing education and hold academic appointments at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Dr. Levitz was phenomenal, he understood that my primary goal was to get back to full duty. I wanted to push it, and he tempered me to take it slow. I recovered 100 percent, and now I can do everything I did before the injury. ~Mike Geyer, NorthShore patient
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We provide sophisticated care for the full spectrum of injuries and diseases including:
Our surgical and non-surgical solutions encompass an entire spectrum of options, often starting with less invasive choices first. For those conditions that do require surgery, we can often offer less invasive techniques and also can provide a full range of therapy services to facilitate the fastest possible recovery with the best functional outcome.