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Innovation Trailblazer Award for Ritesh Shah, M.D.


Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, August 3rd, 2018
Ritesh Shah, M.D.
“Orthopedic surgeon, Ritesh Shah, M.D. has been honored with the IJS Innovation Trailblazer Award of Excellence acknowledging early adoption of intellijoint HIP into his practice at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting at Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center (ISMOSC) in Morton Grove.”“Intellijoint HIP is a highly accurate 3D mini-optical navigation system used to assist in proper size selection and positioning of artificial implants during a hip replacement. Dr. Shah is the first orthopedic surgeon in Illinois to offer this new technology in an outpatient or ASC setting.”"Many of my patients come to me in pain looking to regain their former mobility, but are worried about the short- and long-term risks associated with total hip replacements," explained Dr. Shah. "By utilizing the quantitative measurements that intellijoint HIP provides intraoperatively, I am able to ensure the implants have been positioned accurately resulting in a significant decrease of associated risks. Patients are back to their active lifestyles in just days, confident in their surgical outcomes."“A total hip replacement is typically an effective surgery that can reduce hip pain and restore mobility. The risks of this procedure can include leg length discrepancy, dislocation, joint instability, reduced muscle strength, reduced hip range of motion, and long-term pain. intellijoint HIP addresses these risks by providing accurate, intraoperative measurements for cup position, leg length, and offset to assist the surgeon in placing implants in a location that best matches the patient's native anatomy.”"Intellijoint Surgical is proud to present the Innovation Trailblazer Award to Dr. Shah today," said Armen Bakirtzian, CEO, intellijoint Surgical. "We want to acknowledge not only his adoption of intellijoint HIP, but his overall commitment to better surgical outcomes through exploring new advances in the field—both in technique and in technology."Dr. Shah told OTW, "I am always looking for ways to improve my patients' surgical outcomes. I'm honored to be recognized as an Innovation Trailblazer through early adoption of intellijoint HIP. This award reinforces my commitment to exploring the latest innovations that my patients can benefit from.""intellijoint HIP allows me to see my cup position, leg length and offset numbers intraoperatively and in real-time," added Dr. Shah. "Seeing these quantitative measurements ensures I am placing the implants exactly as planned, therefore, eliminating many risks associated with implant malposition."Read the full article here.

Local Orthopedic Surgeon, Ritesh Shah, MD, Receives Innovation Trailblazer Award for Adoption of New Navigation System for Hip Replacement Surgery


MORTON GROVE, ILJuly 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Orthopedic surgeon, Ritesh Shah, MD, was honored with the IJS Innovation Trailblazer Award of Excellence acknowledging early adoption of intellijoint HIP® into his practice at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) setting at Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center (ISMOSC) in Morton Grove.Armen Bakirtzian (left), CEO & Co-Founder of Intellijoint Surgical, presents the IJS Innovation Award of Excellence to Ritesh Shah, MD, orthopedic surgeon with Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. Dr. Shah is being recognized for being the first surgeon in Illinois to offer improved hip replacement outcomes with intellijoint HIP® in an outpatient surgery center setting. (CNW Group/Intellijoint Surgical Inc.)intellijoint HIP is a highly accurate 3D mini-optical navigation system used to assist in proper size selection and positioning of artificial implants during a hip replacement. Dr. Shah is the first orthopedic surgeon in Illinois to offer this new technology in an outpatient or ASC setting."Many of my patients come to me in pain looking to regain their former mobility, but are worried about the short and long-term risks associated with total hip replacements," explained Dr. Shah. "By utilizing the quantitative measurements that intellijoint HIP provides intraoperatively, I am able to ensure the implants have been positioned accurately resulting in a significant decrease of associated risks. Patients are back to their active lifestyles in just days, confident in their surgical outcomes."A total hip replacement is typically an effective surgery that can reduce hip pain and restore mobility. The risks of this procedure can include leg length discrepancy, dislocation, joint instability, reduced muscle strength, reduced hip range of motion, and long-term pain. intellijoint HIP addresses these risks by providing accurate, intraoperative measurements for cup position, leg length, and offset to assist the surgeon in placing implants in a location that best matches the patient's native anatomy."Intellijoint Surgical is proud to present the Innovation Trailblazer Award to Dr. Shah today," said Armen Bakirtzian, CEO, Intellijoint Surgical. "We want to acknowledge not only his adoption of intellijoint HIP, but his overall commitment to better surgical outcomes through exploring new advances in the field -- both in technique and in technology."About Dr. Ritesh Shah:Dr. Shah is a nationally recognized, board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacements in the outpatient setting. His mission is to return patients to their active lifestyle as quickly and as safely as possible. He travels and teaches colleagues worldwide about new advances in same day hip and knee replacement, hip arthroscopy, joint revision surgery, and the Rapid Recovery Reality approach to orthopedic care.About Intellijoint Surgical:Intellijoint Surgical® develops and commercializes surgical navigation solutions. Intellijoint's flagship product, intellijoint HIP® provides surgeons with real-time, intraoperative measurements to ensure accurate positioning of orthopedic implants during Total Hip Arthroplasty. Intellijoint is committed to improving patients' lives by providing every surgeon with effective, easy-to-use technology.Read the full article here

Dr. Shah on WGN News Radio for Outpatient Total Joint Replacements.


See This Patient One Year After a Total Hip Arthroplasty


See This Patient One Year After a Total Hip Arthroplasty

Last year, we featured a patient's self video after a total hip arthroplasty, here he is one year later. At 53 years old post double hip replacement, he is back at it.Dr. Shah is part of movement called Rapid Recovery Reality. Its goal: to get patients back to their active lives as soon as possible. Nationwide the average hip replacement patient will spend three days in the hospital and three months out of work.Dr. Shah’s otherwise healthy patients typically walk with a cane 45 minutes after surgery, leave the hospital in 90 minutes, and are back to work in a few days or weeks. Patients return to downhill skiing, tennis, personal training, yoga, golf, and other activities.Physical therapy begins just minutes after your procedure. Pain is minimal even at that point because of the muscle-sparing nature of the operation and topical anesthesia applied inside the hip joint. Physical therapy over the following weeks can also be aggressive because patients are in minimal pain and require minimal use of narcotics.Every patient’s recovery is unique but many of Dr. Shah’s hip replacement patients are back to active lives just weeks after their procedures.

Joint Replacement Surgery and Transitional Care | Right at Home | Senior Home Care Blog


Joint Replacement Surgery and Transitional Care

Dr. Ritesh Shah

Seeking Help for Joint Pain

Hobbling around with a swollen knee or stiff hip may soon be passé for America’s seniors. Thanks to surgical advancements, people are seeking medical help sooner to alleviate chronic pain and receive artificial joints—some of them are in their 50s or are even younger.Every year in the United States an estimated 1 million people undergo total joint replacement surgery to correct a damaged or arthritic joint. A joint forms the connection between two or more bones to add support and help you move. The weight-bearing hip and knee joints see ongoing wear and tear and are replaced most frequently. The shoulder, ankle, wrist and elbow are other joints that are well-known to orthopedic surgeons.Joint replacements are among the most common elective surgeries in the country. A study presented in March by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that people are seeking joint replacements earlier in life, in part because people are staying more active as they age and they want a better quality of life through retirement. The study also noted the rise in U.S. obesity, as obesity places greater stress on aging joints.Dr. Ritesh Shah, an AAOS board-certified orthopedic surgeon with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute of metropolitan Chicago, notes that on average people receive a total joint replacement between age 64 and age 66. “People are enjoying activities at an older age now and want to enjoy their quality of life,” Dr. Shah said. “The ability to ambulate becomes very important to a good quality of life. Significant joint pain is a significant disruption of life and people don’t want to live that way anymore.”

When Is Joint Replacement Advised?

Prominent joints in the body can become severely damaged through the aging process, everyday wear and tear, and injuries. Or conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, fractures, gout, tumors and other diseases can comprise the connections between bones.Joint pain can be mildly irritating to chronically debilitating. Your doctor may recommend surgery if you experience chronic inflammation, limited movement, joint deformity, or when non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy, medications and injections have not provided sufficient relief from continual pain.

Risks and Benefits of Joint Replacement

During a replacement operation, damaged cartilage that cushions the joint surface is removed. Parts of the joint are also removed and fitted with a titanium, ceramic or plastic prosthesis to replicate normal joint movement. Total joint replacements do not last forever, and patients may eventually need a revision to their joint implants, but Dr. Shah notes that with today’s improved surgery methods and stronger, cement-less materials, replacement joints are now lasting up to 15 to 20 years in knees and up to 20 to 30 years in hips, depending on the activity level of the patient.Each joint replacement surgery candidate is evaluated for potential risks and complications. A person’s general health and family health history are part of a comprehensive pre-surgery assessment. As with any surgery, conditions such as heart disease, poorly controlled diabetes or a weak immune system can elevate risk. Possible joint replacement surgery complications include infection, blood clots, nerve injury and the prosthesis loosening or dislocating. For the million-plus people each year nationwide who choose joint implant surgery, the benefits of pain relief, better movement and strength, and engagement in sports and social activities outweigh the possible risks.

Post-Surgery Recovery and Care Tips

Recovery and rehabilitation for joint replacement varies with each individual, but in general, following the doctor’s instructions will speed healing. Most patients will experience pain in the replaced joint as tissues heal and the body adjusts to strengthening surrounding muscles that have been weak from inactivity. For new knee joints, the doctor may prescribe a continuous passive motion (CPM) device for patients to use at home to help the knee learn to flex and extend. Cryotherapy machines and packs that employ ice to reduce pain and swelling are also used in post-surgery care. The first weeks at home may also require the use of assistive items such as handrails, a shower bench, raised toilet and long-handled reacher.

New Horizons for Joint Replacement Surgery

While traditional joint replacement surgery has meant months of recovery including pain, opioid medications, limited mobility and intense rehabilitation, Dr. Shah and a growing number of orthopedic surgeons are employing innovative surgery techniques to significantly advance patient outcomes. These contemporary technologies and techniques include shifting muscles out of the way instead of cutting into them or disturbing too much bone. Prefabricated cutting block molds from 3-D magnetic imaging help eliminate the need for more invasive bone separation, rods and pins. Digital cameras, optical navigation and robotic-assisted systems in the operating room help ensure precise positioning of the joint implants and speed total surgery time.Based on insurance coverage and upfront training and equipment costs for surgeons, hospitals and surgery centers, these advancements in joint replacements and post-surgery recovery are not yet available for every patient, but the outlook is promising.“My oldest patient was 81 and we’ve had multiple people in their late 70s and early 80s have outpatient surgeries,” Dr. Shah adds. “The main thing to consider with a senior is identifying safety by seeing if medical problems are compatible with having surgery and anesthesia and then making sure the home situation is appropriate.” Find the article here

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Dr. Shah Featured in Becker's Hospital Review Article "Want to realign fee-for-service physicians to value-based care? Act on your data"


Dr. Shah was featured in the following article from Becker's Hospital Review.

Want to realign fee-for-service physicians to value-based care? Act on your data

Written by Morgan Haefner | June 06, 2018 | Print | EmailinShareIn a healthcare landscape where 70 percent of physicians prefer fee-for-service payment models¹, tying physician payment to outcomes requires realigning entrenched clinical processes with new value-based methods.Actionable data is a requisite for physicians wondering why they should don a value-over-volume mindset. However, actionable data is different than aggregate patient data stored in siloed EHRs; it is retrieved from EHRs and translated across medical groups and systems. It considers care across the continuum, and connects the dots between quality augmentation and cost.But as medical experts discussed during a workshop sponsored by Cigna® at the Becker's Hospital Review 9th Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 11, using actionable information to change clinical behavior requires a top-down commitment to transparent cost and quality data.Most physicians agree they have a responsibility to control costs, but more than a third don't know the costs of tests and procedures, according to a 2016 study from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Cost obscurity challenges providers like Ritesh Shah, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Chicago-based Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, especially as his organization began transitioning to Medicare and Cigna-administered total knee replacement bundled payment models in 2014.IBJI spent about 4 ½ years collecting enough data to uncover how clinicians....
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Illinois Orthropedic Practice Takes Opioids Seriously- Dr. Ritesh Shah in Illinois Business Leader November 2017


"When a patient needs surgery, the better we can set expectations, the less anxiety - the less anxiety, the less pain." - Dr. Ritesh ShahGo to the full publication. 

Bundled payments are here to stay — 7 must-haves for a successful program


When former HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, issued a proposed rule in August to cancel and scale back several Medicare bundled payment initiatives, it may have sounded like a death knell for bundles.However, it didn't deter Joseph Bosco, MD, professor and vice chair of The NYU Langone Department of Orthopedic Surgery. "Bundles are very much alive and well," Dr. Bosco said during an Oct. 27 presentation sponsored by Pacira Pharmaceuticals at the Becker's ASC Review 24th Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs, held in Chicago.Read the full article. 

Dr. Shah to Present at Becker's 24th Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs


The conference will take place October 26-28 in Swissotel, Chicago. Dr. Shah will be a speaker at the following panel:Total and Partial Outpatient Join Arthroplasties in ASC SettingFind more information about the conference. 

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