The hip joint is the largest weight-bearing
joint in the human body. It is also referred to
as a ball and socket joint and is surrounded
by muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The
thigh bone or femur and the pelvis join to
form the hip joint.
Hip replacement has become necessary
for your arthritic hip: this is one of the
most effective operations known and
should give you many years of
freedom from pain.
This means that part or all of your previous hip replacement needs to be revised. This operation varies from very minor adjustments to massive operations replacing significant amounts of bone and hence is difficult to describe in full.
The knee is a complex joint which consists of bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons that make joint movements easy and at the same time more susceptible to various kinds of injuries.
A Total Knee Replacement (TKR) or
Total Knee Arthroplasty is a surgery
that replaces an arthritic knee joint with
artificial metal or plastic replacement
parts called the ‘prostheses’.
Revision Knee Replacement means that part or all of your previous knee replacement needs to be revised. This operation varies from very minor adjustments to massive operations replacing significant amounts of bone.
Unicondylar Knee Replacement simply means that only a part of the knee joint is replaced through a smaller incision than would normally be used for a total knee replacement.

Crystal Wesockes

Physician Assistant

Crystal joined Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in the fall of 2013 following graduation from Duke University’s Physician Assistant Program. She currently serves as Dr. Brett Levine’s physician assistant, specializing in hip and knee reconstruction and total joint replacement surgery. She assists in surgeries and provides clinical support.

Physicians

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Takes patient medical histories
  • Performs physical examinations
  • Orders and interprets laboratory tests and imaging studies
  • Formulates diagnoses and treatment plans
  • Provides surgical assistance in the operating room
  • Performs minor procedures (such as injections and aspirations) and wound care checks
  • Provides preoperative and postoperative education
  • Triages patient phone calls and writes prescriptions

Education

  • Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
    • Master of Health Sciences/Physician Assistant, 2013
  • Northeastern University, Boston, MA
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology, 2007

Professional Certifications and Licenses

  • NCCPA, Certified Physician Assistant
  • Licensed Physician Assistant, State of Illinois and Massachusetts
  • License of Controlled Substance and DEA
  • Certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support Provider

Professional Memberships

  • Member of American Academy of Physician Assistants

Crystal has office hours at the following locations:

  • Rush Oak Park Hospital
  • Orthopedic Building at Rush
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