Illinois Bone and Joint Institute’s Dr. Marc Angerame, MD can still remember the day he walked into his freshman biology class, knowing that he wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon.
“I had several knee surgeries as an adolescent that kept me out of athletics for some time,” recalls the renowned, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. “After I healed from the surgeries, I was able to walk pain-free and return to sports in high school. This had a profound impact on my life. Ever since, I aspired to be an orthopedic surgeon. I wanted to have the same effect on others’ lives.”
Today, Dr. Angerame specializes in non-surgical treatments of hip and knee arthritis in addition to surgical management such as the direct anterior approach total hip replacement and total and partial knee replacement. Furthermore, he is specifically trained in revision hip and knee replacement surgery. He is active in joint replacement research and has published many articles on new scientific progress in his field. While what he does in the operating room is both difficult and complex, he knows that dealing with patients ailing from arthritis requires a gentler touch.
“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to care for patients in the clinic and operating room who suffer from arthritis,” says Dr. Angerame, who obtained his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago graduating Summa Cum Laude and pursued his medical degree at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, graduating Cum Laude with Honors in Research. “I believe the management of arthritis begins with listening to patients’ concerns. I tailor the treatment to the patient’s specific desires and needs.”
It’s a philosophy that Dr. Angerame learned from his father—a prominent dentist in the Palatine area.
“Growing up, my father would always tell me that it doesn’t matter who you are talking to, it matters how you speak to them to ensure that you educate the patient on their diagnosis,” he says. “Only after a patient has a full knowledge of their diagnosis and its implications, can one truly make a sound decision on his or her preferred treatment strategy.”
By far, the most emotional moments of the profession come when Dr. Angerame can watch someone walk again after not being able to.
“It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience when someone who hasn’t been able to walk in months or even years makes the decision to undergo a joint replacement operation and just hours after the operation, they are able to walk.”
Giving this gift of freedom and mobility is something that Dr. Angerame takes great pride in. During a recent trip to Honduras, he worked along a team of physicians as part of Operation Walk to conduct over 60 joint replacements in a span of four days.
“To be entrusted by a patient to help them walk again is something that I never tire of,” he says.
Of course, the demand for his work is growing, as more and more people are not only living longer, but working longer than ever before.
“No matter the age of my patients, they want to golf, bowl, or take their dog for a walk without pain. It’s an honor to help them do that.”
Moving forward, Dr. Angerame remains a man with many professional goals to reach.
“It’s very important for me to continue to take part in joint replacement research,” says Dr. Angerame. “Just like the surgeons that trained me, I feel an obligation to ensure that the profession continues to advance in terms of technology and technique.”
Yet personally, Dr. Angerame’s goals are more service-minded which play an integral role in his caring for patients.
“I’m a man of God, family, and country,” he says.
Dr. Marc Angerame works within Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, and works out of locations in both Barrington and Lake Barrington. For more information, visit lbji.com.