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Ortinau contributes case report to medical journal

Recognized for successful, innovative treatment of injured bowler

Dr. Eric Ortinau, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and vice president of Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, was recently asked to contribute a detailed case report to The Baylor University Medical Center Peer-Review Journal.

The submission detailed his findings after successfully treating a 34-year old bowler for a complicated flexor tendon pulley injury to his right hand.

Ortinau’s case report was published in Volume 25, Number 3, in July 2012, and will be reviewed by his peers for years to come to help contribute to the advancement of orthopedic care.

The Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas, is renowned for its training of doctors, nurses and other medical specialists across a variety of disciplines. Baylor Health Care System has a team of more than 300 researchers focused on discovering the latest medical and health care breakthroughs.

The Baylor University Medical Center Peer-Review Journal is a prestigious medical journal that publishes and supports this research by seeking successful and innovative treatments from experts like Dr. Ortinau to help other medical professionals deliver similar exemplary patient care.

Dr. Ortinau practices general orthopedics with a strong focus on hand and upper extremity conditions, as well as sports medicine and total joint replacements. His practice covers all aspects of adult and pediatric orthopedic surgery.

He has successfully treated thousands of patients of all ages over the last 15 years, and is driven to compassionately help people get back to the activities of everyday life after an orthopedic injury. He is the team physician for Marquette Academy, located in Ottawa, Ill.

Dr. Ortinau received his bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1986. He then received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Illinois College Of Medicine in Chicago in 1990.

Dr. Ortinau completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at the University of Illinois Hospitals in Chicago in 1995.  He earned a full four-year scholarship to medical school through the United States Air Force and, upon completing his residency training in 1995, he fulfilled his scholarship commitment to the Air Force as a staff orthopedic surgeon at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

In 1999, Dr. Ortinau joined Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

When it comes to patient satisfaction, Dr. Ortinau makes it his top priority to get honest feedback from his patients to continually improve his quality of care to his patients. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a frequent problem for which Dr. Ortinau treats people in his practice.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve, one of the three main nerves to the hand, becomes compressed at the level of the wrist. The compression, due to an inflamed and thickened ligament lying on top of the nerve, is sometimes associated with repetitive activity involving the wrist.

Dr. Ortinau has developed a successful protocol for carpal tunnel patients, with the goal of returning patients to their desired activities more rapidly, resulting in greater success stories. When conservative treatment for CTS does not provide the desired results, surgery is usually the next best step to solve the problem.

Over the last 15 years, he has performed approximately 1,500 mini-incisions, carpal tunnel release procedures. Of those 1,500 patients, more than 1,000 of them have been surveyed over the past five years. The results of the surveys revealed that 98 percent of his patients received relief of their carpal tunnel symptoms and returned to their desired level of activity after surgery.

These results are quite favorable compared with those of national studies using conventional surgical and rehabilitation techniques.

Dr. Ortinau attributes a large part of this success to the team effort formed between patient, physician and therapist throughout every patient’s treatment course.

“It is so satisfying to see my patients go about their daily activities pain-free because of this procedure,” Dr. Ortinau said.

Dr. Ortinau performs surgeries at OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Morris Hospital, and Deerpath Orthopedic Surgical Center. Dr. Ortinau sees patients at Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s Ottawa and Morris locations.

Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine has locations in Morris, Joliet, Ottawa, and Bolingbrook.

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