Dr Robert Fink MD – Illinois Spine Specialist

Robert J. Fink IL Spine Doctor

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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The internal computer of the DRX9000 is programmed by the doctor to target the exact location of your damaged disc for care. During each treatment session, the pulling forces you experience are calculated specifically for you. The DRX9000 on-board computer monitors the decompression forces - 4,000 times per second -- and adjusts them as needed based on your body's response to treatment. This ensures that you experience an accurate and pain-free session.

The Patient Experience

During each treatment session (there will be several), the patient lies on a padded comfortable bed, secured into position by an upper- and lower-body harness. Typically, each session is divided into cycles where spinal decompression forces alternate between a maximum and minimum therapeutic level. The cycling of forces in this manner creates a pumping action that simulates the natural processes responsible for re-nourishing and healing your damaged disc. Most patients experience a gentle stretch in the lumbar spine (or neck). Patients find Spinal Decompression therapy to be quite comfortable and even relaxing. During the session the patient has an opportunity to tune in to a video or music. Few patients may experience mild muscular soreness during treatment, similar to what one might feel when starting a new exercise regimen.

Orthopedic Surgeon Ratings

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This section is a breakdown of Dr. Fink's Medicare prescribing records in 2013 (the most recent data available from Medicare for this provider). It should be noted that the data may not be representative of Dr. Fink's entire prescribing pattern. All comparisons are made to the average Orthopedic Surgeon in the state. In total, Dr. Robert James Fink has received $217 USD from pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and group-purchasing organizations (GPOs) between August 2013 and December 2015. These contributions were provided in five individual payments from three unique companies. Dr. Fink has received approximately the same amount in payments as the average orthopedic surgeon in Illinois over this time period.

Dr. Robert J Fink served his orthopedic surgery residency training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. This high quality hospital was rated 90 out of 100 out of 100 by our rating system and is indicative of a good training experience. Dr. Fink also completed residency training at the Mt Sinai Hospital Medical Center, rated 75 out of 100 out of 100, where he trained in general surgery. Dr. Robert Fink is one of 274 Chicago Orthopedic Surgeons. He has been practicing for 42 years and specializes primarily in Orthopedic Surgery, practicing in Chicago, Illinois.

What Exactly Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

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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.


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