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Minimally Invasive Joint replacement

Robotic Specialist

"Once I get to know a patient and understand their goals, we work together to create a treatment plan that best suits their lifestyle"

Dr Ehmke is a fellowship trained joint replacement surgeon specializing in minimally invasive hip, knee and shoulder replacement. He did his fellowship at the world renowned Rubin Institute of Advanced Orthopedics in Baltimore, MD.


Dr Ehmke uses the latest techniques in joint replacement including robotic assisted joint replacement, the muscle sparing anterior approach to hip replacement, 3D printed custom knee replacements and outpatient joint replacements. These advanced techniques allow his patients to not only have a shorter recovery with less pain, but also give them a joint replacement that feels more natural.


In addition, Dr Ehmke has specialized training in evaluating and treating previous joint replacements that are painful. Dr Ehmke also does complicated joint replacement cases such as patients with prior surgery on their hip or knee or born with unique anatomy.


Dr Ehmke also takes care of other conditions of the hip and knee that may be done with an arthroscopic procedure, such as labral tears of the hip and meniscus tears of the knee.


Dr Ehmke has published research and has presented it at national meetings. He has also served as faculty for national courses to teach residents how to do hip and knee replacements.


"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything.

 Lao Tzu  


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Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement

Mako robot partial and total knee replacements. Apple computer guided pressure sensors used to balance the knee in surgery. These new technologies done with a minimally invasive technique allows Dr. Ehmke to create a knee that functions better and allows a quicker recovery.

Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

 Muscle sparing minimally invasive anterior approach with intraoperative x-ray guidance. Minimally invasive posterior approach done with Mako robotic guidance. Dr Ehmke offers multiple advanced options for hip replacement depending on the patient's needs. 

10-20% of people continue to have pain after joint replacement. Pain can be related to several reasons including wear, loosening, malposition of the implants, fracture and infection. Dr. Ehmke has extensive training in evaluating and treating  these complex problems and may be able to offer  solutions to relieve pain and restore functions

Want to skip the hospital stay altogether and recover in the comfort of your own home with visiting nurses and therapists? With modern advancements in minimally invasive techniques, this is a reality. Salt Creek Surgery Center is one of the few freestanding outpatient centers in the country to offer robotic joint replacements.

Stem Cell Injections & Joint Sparing Procedures

Before considering joint replacement, Dr. Ehmke uses the latest in conservative treatment. This includes multiple stem cell injection options tailored to each patient. These treatments can provide prolonged pain relief and increased mobility without the need for joint replacement.  In addition, Dr Ehmke performs other outpatient cartilage sparing procedures that may relieve pain and prevent the need for joint replacement.  

Minimally Invasive Shoulder Replacement

A preoperative CT scan of the shoulder is used to create a 3D virtual model of the shoulder joint, which is used to design 3d printed patient specific custom blocks that helps ensure Dr Ehmke places the components exactly where planned. A wide array of the latest implant options are available, including replacements for patients who no longer have a rotator cuff or have failed rotator cuff surgery and are seeking pain relief and better function  


4700 Gilbert Ave

Suite 51

Western Springs, IL 60558

1200 South York Road

Suite 4110

Elmhust, IL 60126

1010 Executive Court

Suite 250

Westmont, IL 60559

8141 S. Calumet Ave

Munster, IN 46321

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