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Chicago’s Best – Dr Robert Fink, Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Robert James Fink of Gold Coast Orthopaedic Spine and Hand Surgery is one of only three Surgeon’s throughout the Chicagoland area that specializes in Minimally Invasive Spine procedures.

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Chicago Spine and Hand Surgery is one of the few practices in Chicago that specialize in minimally invasive spine procedures.  Herniated disks are removed in an Out Patient Surgical setting through a one center meter or smaller puncture wound  requiring a band aid or one stitch. The patients can walk immediately after worth, this is in contrast to being hospitalized and having a substantial cut on patients backs.

Gold Coast Orthopaedic Spine and Hand Surgery also specialize in minimal incision surgery on the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand , hip, knee, ankle and foot. Many procedures on these parts of the body are done arthoscopically with a small puncture wound requiring a few stitches or band aid after worth. Again most of these surgery’s are done at an outpatient center.

ROBERT JAMES FINK, M.D. Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon GOLDCOAST ORTHOPAEDIC, SPINE AND HAND SURGERY

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Dr. Robert J Fink has been identified as specializing in orthopedic surgery and has been in practice for more than 42 years. An affiliated hospital is a hospital where a doctor can practice and admit patients. Dr. Robert J Fink is professionally affiliated with multiple hospitals in Chicago area and more. He does not have any hospital affiliations listed, please contact the physician’s office as they may have hospital affiliations not included on this site. Medicare Assignment? Yes, Dr. Robert J Fink may accept the Medicare-approved amount as full payment for covered services. Please call to Dr. Robert to schedule your appointment.

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Patients with thoracic predominant scoliosis, in the younger population, it is now possible to perform a minimally invasive thorascopic spinal fusion surgery to help correct their curve, reduce their deformity, and thus reduce the risk of progression of their spinal deformity. The thorascopic approach, while incorporating a selective fusion paradigm, has allowed us to again reduce the patient's post-operative morbidity, operative time, blood loss, and reduced pain management requirements. In my hands, we have found thorascopic scoliosis reconstructive surgery to be an important part of our overall treatment for your younger population who has clear evidence of progressive thoracogenic scoliosis.

Minimally invasive surgery is also a mainstay treatment for patients who have predominant radicular complaints (leg pain) in the presence of a corresponding herniated disc. Options include Microscopic lumbar Discotomy, Microendoscopic Discotomy, and Laser Discectomy. In my hands, this is a quick and safe surgical procedure, resulting in a one-inch incision, 25 to 45 minute operative time, with a 98 percent chance of an excellent outcome in the reduction of the patient's pre-operative, disabling leg pain. All patients, with the exception of the elderly population, are able to be discharged from the hospital within hours of the operative procedure, and are able to return back to most of their pre-surgical activities within one to three weeks.

"It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago. She outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them." - Mark Twain, 1883 Chicago was only 46 years old when Mark Twain wrote those words, but it had already grown more than 100-fold, from a small trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River into one of the nation’s largest cities, and it wasn’t about to stop. Over the next 20 years, it would quadruple in population, amazing the rest of the world with its ability to repeatedly reinvent itself. And it still hasn’t stopped. Today, Chicago has become a global city, a thriving center of international trade and commerce, and a place where people of every nationality come to pursue the American dream.


Dr Robert Fink MD – Orthopedic Surgeon

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About Dr Robert J Fink: Chicago Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Robert Fink does minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Fink puts an endoscope in the spine similar to an arthroscope done on the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, and ankle where, through a small incision, he is able to remove herniated discs, bulging discs, extruding discs, extruded discs, and also remove some bone from neuroforaminal narrowing.

  • Spine: Nonoperative treatment, physical therapy, medication, trigger point injections, lumbar epidural steroid injections. Minimally invasive spine surgery. One of only three doctors that do this in the Chicago area.
  • Treatment by removing herniated discs: Protruding discs, extruding discs, bulging discs all with endoscope which is like an arthroscope used in the knee, elbow, shoulder, and wrist.
  • Treatment of compression lumbar fractures: All as outpatient surgery I stitch or bandaid afterwards Outpatient surgery
  • Hand surgery: All types of hand surgery. Nerve entrapment syndromes, carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, radial tunnel. Removal of lumps, bumps, ganglion cysts, hand and wrist deformities, old healed fractures, nail deformities, joint replacement, fractures.

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What is Whiplash?

Neck and spinal cord injuries from a car accident need proper and timely care to give the victim the best chance of a full recovery. While some consider whiplash to be a minor injury, the long-term effects of whiplash can leave the car accident victim in chronic pain long after the accident occurred. Whiplash is caused by the sudden hyper-extension and hyper flexion of the neck, resulting in the painful displacement of vertebrae, nerves and tissue. While whiplash is associated with motor vehicle accidents, the neck can hyper-extend in sports, falls and other activities.

How do I treat Whiplash?

For minor neck injuries, chiropractic adjustments may be all that it is needed to properly address the pain. However, serious car accidents may result in more traumatic injuries to the neck and spinal cord, potentially leading to permanent brain damage. What may appear to be a minor or moderate neck injury may leave the motor vehicle accident victim with significant brain damage. Severe whiplash injury can cause brain damage as nerves connected to the brain may be damaged during the accident. If neck or spinal cord trauma is suspected, emergency medical services are responsible for safe transportation to the receiving medical facility where further treatment will begin. Proper communication of pain or loss of motor function during any part of treatment is vital to keep the patient safe.

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Dr Fink’s non invasive surgery procedures are performed to take out herniated, bulging, extruding, & extruded discs, treat fractures in back, perform sacroiliac iliac joint fusion, and also remove bone from neural foraminal narrowing. These procedures are done in an outpatient surgical setting. There is no destabilization of your spine by detaching spine muscles with a cut, unlike like traditional open back surgery where patients must be hospitalized after having substantial cuts into their back. Most surgeries are done at Lakeshore Surgery Center.

Robert J. Fink, MD is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon in Chicago, IL. Dr. Fink graduated from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 1975 and has been in practice for 39 years. He completed a residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Fink is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Fink also practices at Gold Coast Orthopedic & Spine in Chicago, IL.

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"It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago. She outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them." - Mark Twain, 1883 Chicago was only 46 years old when Mark Twain wrote those words, but it had already grown more than 100-fold, from a small trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River into one of the nation’s largest cities, and it wasn’t about to stop. Over the next 20 years, it would quadruple in population, amazing the rest of the world with its ability to repeatedly reinvent itself. And it still hasn’t stopped. Today, Chicago has become a global city, a thriving center of international trade and commerce, and a place where people of every nationality come to pursue the American dream.

Chicago rebuilt quickly. Much of the debris was dumped into Lake Michigan as landfill, forming the underpinnings for what is now Grant Park, Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. Only 22 years later, Chicago celebrated its comeback by holding the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, with its memorable “White City.” One of the Exposition buildings was rebuilt to become the Museum of Science and Industry. Chicago refused to be discouraged even by the Great Depression. In 1933 and 1934, the city held an equally successful Century of Progress Exposition on Northerly Island.


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