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Diann’s Testimonial Regarding Total Hip Makoplasty

Before my makoplasty, robotic assisted hip, surgery with Dr. Durkin, I had been developing a lot of pain for almost six months. If I was walking, sitting, standing, or lying down, I would still experience pain. I was becoming less able to do ordinary tasks, like shopping, carrying groceries, housework, getting in and out of a car. I was limping because of my hip pain and worried that I was ruining my knee. I would do tasks and then have to rest. I was past the point where any physical therapy would provide any relief.

I was recommended to Dr. Durkin by a good friend, so I made an appointment with him before I did any other research on other orthopedic surgeons. During my appointment with Dr. Durkin, he discussed possible options, like injections for pain relief but the reality was that the hip would continue to deteriorate and there would be more eventual pain. Dr. Durkin also explained how he does the outpatient hip surgery procedure. It made sense and I moved forward with planning for the surgery with his team. I took to heart the pre-op instructions and tried to follow all of it so I would be ready for surgery.

Everyone I dealt with (office help, technicians, physician assistants, nurses, doctors) from planning appointments, to finding out about all the things I needed to do in preparation for the surgery, through the amazing day of the surgery and after the surgery was professional, informative, kind and helpful. They were welcoming to my questions and patient with their explanations.

I am back to doing everything I did before the pain crept up on me. I can walk miles, take care of the yard and garden, drive comfortably, do household tasks, cleaning, cooking, laundry and shopping. I am without pain, walking normally without a limp.

I am so thrilled and grateful for Dr. Durkin and his team (and so is my husband from being relieved of all the chores I usually do!)

Maria D’s Testimonial regarding Total Knee Makoplasty

I found Dr. Durkin after experiencing knee pain in both of my knees. I used cortisone shots for years that helped but then it was time for me to make the decision for surgery. Dr. Durkin and his team never pressured me and always said I would know when it was time to do it. I had both knees replaced last year, 2022, and I could not be happier. I have my life back and can walk and enjoy activities without being in pain. I would recommend Dr. Durkin and his team for always being there for questions and help I needed.

V.H’s Testimonial

Wonderful and compassionate doctor. Very caring as well.

S.D’s Testimonial regarding Right Total Hip Macoplasty

Dr. M Durkin is a wonderful and very knowledgeable doctor. I would like to thank Dr. M Durkin for the great surgery he performed on my husband's shoulder in January of 2019. Because of that experience, I put my trust in him to perform my right total hip macoplasty in November 2019 and I couldn't be happier with the results. He is a wonderful and a very professional doctor. His team is also exceptional and friendly starting with his surgery scheduler, Colleen Cusick - who was very professional and very helpful and made any necessary steps very easy. I would like to highly recommend this very professional doctor and his incredible team.

Steven’s Testimonial regarding Total Knee Makoplasty

Dr.Durkin did a great job on my left TKR..He and his team are VERY good! I’m back to walking without pain..ty doc

Susan’s Testimonial regarding Total Knee Makoplasty

During the year prior to my surgery, I found that my pain level was getting more severe. Simple household tasks, like vacuuming, became more difficult and resulted in increasing discomfort and fatigue. Walking through a grocery store also proved challenging. Social events were not as enjoyable as in years past, because I found myself sitting and watching others participating in games like bocci ball or bags instead of joining the competitions.

I would rank my experience with Dr. Durkin a perfect 10 for the following reasons:

  1. I felt that all of my concerns and questions leading up to the procedure were heard and answered.
  2. I did not feel pressured into having surgery. Dr. Durkin was agreeable to trying 2 rounds of cortisone shots. The first time, the cortisone provided substantial relief. It wasn’t until the 2nd shot did provide much relief that surgery was agreed upon.
  3. Once the decision for surgery was made, the team took over making sure that I had knowledge of all the steps which lead to a stress free and successful surgery, as well as helping me arrange for pre-surgical appointments, testing and arranging for the surgical date itself.
    • Nutritional information was provided
    • Written day by day instructions were given to me concerning my meds the week prior to surgery
    • Written instructions for fasting prior to surgery were given to me as well as instructions about hospital admission policy itself. (It was very useful to me as well as “what to expect” and “what to do” handout sheets)
    • Post-surgical care was also well mapped out and made recovery easier than I had anticipated
  4. The team approach made it easy to always reach a person to answer my questions and/or concerns. Everyone on the team is friendly, caring and understanding.

I feel like I have regained much of my younger life back. Housework is not so draining. I have more energy. I can shop for an entire day and don’t have the constant need to look for a place to sit or rest. I have been able to get back to my gardening because I can bend without pain. This summer my granddaughter was married and I danced the night away without any knee or leg pain the next day. Celebrating with my family that day and evening made me realize how grateful I am to Dr. Durkin and his fantastic team.

Mary Lou S’s Testimonial regarding Total Knee Replacement

Prior to surgery, my right knee was causing me extreme pain and kept me from most of my activities. Dr. Durkin performed surgery using the MAKO robotic assist method. The results were amazing. Having had surgery on my left knee 16 months prior by another physician via traditional knee replacement method, I found Dr. Durkin’s procedure to be remarkable. The recovery was easier and caused less pain than the previous knee replacement. Working with Dr. Durkin and his team provided professional and caring attention. All questions were answered in a way that I understood exactly what the procedure would entail. Following the surgery, the recovery was less difficult than I anticipated and I was mobile and more comfortable than the previous surgery. In closing, I could not have been more satisfied. I am an active 82 year old and I am grateful to have regained my activity independence. The care at La Grange Hospital for my overnight stay was excellent. The surgery and follow-up was much less traumatic than I anticipated. I have been sharing my positive experience with anyone I meet who may be a potential knee replacement candidate! Thank You Dr. Durkin and Team!

Diane J’s Testimonial regarding total knee makoplasty

Dr. Durkin is the Best! My knee had gotten so bad I was dragging by the end of the day. Dr. Durkin and his team were so thorough before and after surgery. I followed their instructions and had the easiest, best recovery possible. I’m now 5 months post surgery and I am able to resume normal life for months now. I am able to take walks and keep up with my grandchildren again. Dr. Durkin always takes time to answer questions and clearly cares about his patients. About 10 years ago he also did a partial replacement on my other knee and it’s pain free ever since. I always tell him he truly changed my life.

Silva D’s Testimonial Regarding Hip Replacements

I have had multiple wonderful experiences with Dr. M. Durkin and his staff. Dr. M. Durkin is exceptional orthopaedic surgeon and wonderful person. Very professional and respectful staff. I would highly recommend Dr. M. Durkin to anyone. He is my angel in a white coat.

Deborah S’ Testimonial Regarding Total Knee Replacement

At staff friendly, front desk very busy but pleasant. Clinical staff including xray tech courteous and helpful. Dr. Durkin is friendly and for being late due to surgery. He was informative and answered all questions which made me comfortable. Emily, his PA gave the injection and was pleasant and made it as painless as possible. Good first visit. I feel I’m in good hands.

I have now had one knee replacement. No complications, quick recovery. Cant wait until my second knee is done. I will be dancing for joy and thankful for such great medical care!

Linda H’s Testimonial

Dr. Durkin was thorough, explained the diagnosis complete gave me alternative solutions has great wonderful caring attitude was respectful to me. Exceptional Doctor.

Mary C’s Testimonial

Dr. Durkin is great he explains things so they are easy to understand and listens to what you tell him. He did my husband’s two knee replacements and we’ve recommended him to many people as he is an excellent doctor!

Gordon W’s Testimonial

I was treated in a timely manner. The doctor and the entire staff were pleasant and listened to my health concerns. I am happy with my treatment. All of it! I would like to thank all who were involved.

Linda F’s Testimonial

I was treated very well by all members of the team that I saw. I noticed the upbeat spirit in the office. It’s nice to know that the doctors and their staff have a good time while performing their jobs.

Terri M’s Testimonial regarding Total Hip Replacement

4 years prior to surgery my left hip caused significant pain with walking. I began riding my bike for exercise, I couldn’t walk my dog and couldn’t walk to .5miles to shop. I walked up stairs on all fours. After Work I could barely make it to my car in the close parking lot. My friend gave me the referral to Dr. Durkin. Dr. Durkin and staff assessed my function thoroughly. The xray was done in the office during the visit and it was clear I needed a left hip replacement. We scheduled the outpatient procedure that day. This was the most efficient, high quality health care team I have experienced in my life. By the way, I work in healthcare and this experience was outstanding. The other impressive aspect was Colleen, the scheduling coordinator. She walked me through every step so that the day of surgery was organized and perfect. Now post surgery I recovered quickly. I used a walker week 1, a cane for 2 weeks then walking without assistance. No physical therapy required. I took pain meds during week 1 only. Now I walk anywhere I want. I hiked with my family recently. I walk up stairs normally. I began yoga and Pilates again. I can even sit on the floor! The best part is no limp! I recently told Dr. Durkin and staff this was the best decision I have made for my mild, body and spirit! Thank you for giving my physical body a chance to enjoy activities again!

Delbert G's Testimonial

I was having a lot of pain in my hip and had cortisone shot which did little good and rather than continue with temp fixes decided to have surgery. It has been about 4 months and have resumed all activities. The doctor and his group are terrific. Would highly recommend him to anyone.

Mary L’s Testimonial Regarding Total Knee Replacement

I had MAKO total knee replacement surgery 6 months ago. Prior to the surgery the pain was constant and walking after sitting was difficult. Dr. Durkin and his team were excellent! Appointments were always on time and everything was explained simply by Dr. Durkin and his staff. Very happy with the results!! One knee down, one to go!! Highly recommend!

James U’s Testimonial Regarding Dr. Durkin

I am very happy with the care I have received from Dr. Durkin and others at your Hinsdale office. Support staff are very helpful and competent.

Gerald M’s Testimonial Regarding Total Knee Replacement

Prior to surgery the doctor, Emily and the team tried all available options: shots, braces and some medications. Eventually it was time for the full replacement. Dr. Durkin, Emily and the rest of the team members are outstanding to guide me before, during and after the surgery. They responded to my calls for questions and for additional medications. The doctor and the staff have the patient in mind with follow up visits. Excellent patient care. Prior to surgery it was to the point I could barely walk 100 feet without dragging my leg. So what can I do now post surgery?? The answer is I CAN WALK pain free. If I would need the other knee done I would not hesitate to have Dr. Durkin do the procedure and have the team do my post- surgery care. As a side, while this is only me talking I can tell you I walked out of the hospital and went to dinner with my family the evening of surgery. I was driving in less than a week. The rehab is critical to a full recovery. I used a walker and In about 2 weeks I could see the progress and I was following the therapy treatments to the letter and it is a must for a full recovery. If you are thinking about this procedure let the doctor guide you with making a decision. You wont regret it but you must listen to Dr. Durkin and his team and get to and stay with therapy. Just an FYI I am 74 years old.

Thomas's Testimonial Regarding Dr. Durkin

Dr. Durkin and his staff were very courteous, helpful, and supportive of all my questions and needs during my office visit. I highly recommend Dr. Durkin and Hinsdale Orthopedics to everyone!

Joanne L’s Testimonial Regarding Dr. Durkin

This was my first time here and was an absolute joy as much as a doctors visit can be. The whole staff was wonderful to work with.

Marie G’s Testimonial Regarding Bilateral Knee Replacements

Prior to surgery I had knee pain daily. Walking up a flight of stairs at times was overwhelming. I enjoyed taking the dogs for walks and prior to the surgery I would stress over how far I would be able to walk and how I would feel afterwards. I was embarking on starting an exercise program and knew something had to be done if I was going to succeed in my weight loss goals. I was familiar with Dr. Durkin and his staff. He had done my husband’s hip replacement years earlier. From day one I was at ease and confident having known Dr. Durkin previously, I was familiar with him, his expertise, knowledge and kindness. Since surgery, I exercise daily whether it is on my stationary bike or a walk with the dogs. I enjoy shoveling the snow (I love snow!). I tackle daily household chores without feelings of dread. After my first knee replacement I embarked on a weight loss journey and never looked back. Having my knees replaced was the best decision I made, and I am happy to share the I have lost 90 pounds over the last few years. I am not sure the would have been possible if I had my knees replaced which allowed me to add exercise into my daily routine.

Joe’s Testimonial Regarding Bilateral Hip Replacements

I was in pain on a daily basis prior to surgery. In addition, I experienced stiffness and had trouble with basic day to day tasks which included putting socks and shoes on. I had limited mobility which stopped me from doing a lot of the activities I enjoyed. The knowledge and expertise he and his team project had me at ease from the moment I met him. He was always happy to answer any questions or concerns I had prior to the surgery. I had both my hips replaced 10 years ago and over those 10 years he has become a “part of the family”. I now have no limitations and no issues with my hips. I can go for a walk with the dogs and shovel snow. I was also able to put in a vegetable and flower garden which prior to the surgery would not have been possible. I enjoy an active lifestyle with my wife, our 11 year old and 10 month old Labradors! I had my surgery on a Monday and was able to attend my wife’s co-workers wedding on Saturday. Every one of her co workers at the wedding were amazed and impressed at how good I was moving and how great I looked!

Cynthia’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin

Dr. Durkin was amazing. He was referred to me by my primary physician. He was pleasant, respectful, very knowledgeable, listened well to my concerns and set my mind at ease.

Christine’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin

Dr. Durkin was very clear about my situation and xray results. He suggested ways to help with my pain until we can do surgery.

Stephen’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin

Both the doctor and the Medical Assistant, Rachel, were professional, friendly, listened to me, and explained things well. Thank you.

Rhonda’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin

I love Dr. Durkin’s bedside manner. He is a wonderful doctor that knows how to treat his patients well being.

Peter’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin

Dr. Durkin and his staff are very friendly and helpful. Very happy to be under their care.

Joanne’s Testimonial regarding Mako Total Knee Replacement

I had pain in my left knee and finally decided to make an appointment with Dr. Durkin. I can’t say enough about the care I received from Dr. Durkin and his Team. It was wonderful. I have complete mobility in my knee. Between the robotic surgery and rehab, I can not tell I had a replacement. I am thoroughly impressed with all that I experienced pre-surgery and post-surgery. I will most certainly need my right knee attended to in the near future. I will, without reservation, be returning.

Marilyn’s Testimonial regarding Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Dr. Durkin did a reverse shoulder replacement surgery on October 28th, 2020. I am very pleased with the results. Before my surgery I was pretty much having constant discomfort. My mobility was becoming less and less. I was concerned about having such a major surgery. Dr. Durkin was very reassuring and so was his staff. My pain now is almost gone and my mobility is improving all of the time. I continue to go to physical therapy and am seeing continued improvement. I am sleeping much better and at times I almost forget that I had the surgery. I would definitely recommend Dr. Durkin and his team to do this procedure.

Bernadette’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin

I was very appreciative of the quality of care and level of concern by both Dr. Durkin, his staff and the receptionist at check-in and check-out.

Gary’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin

Dr. Durkin did a very good job of repairing my left knee almost 2 years ago (February 2019). I am having some issues now with my right knee. I didn’t think of reaching out to any provider other than Dr. Durkin. Very professional with a pleasant demeanor.

Donna’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin

Dr. Durkin was very thorough, caring and answered all my questions. The X-ray staff did a great job, and all staff made my visit go very well. Thank you all.

Martha’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin

The wait time was very short and I did not have to wait to see the doctor long either. I liked him, he looks you in the eye when he speaks to you. Looking someone in the eyes when they speak to you, gives the impression that you can trust them. His eye contact left me feeling confident that he was a good doctor that I can trust.

John’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin

I was very pleased with my appointment with Dr. Durkin. He explained the results from xrays taken in a clear and understandable manner and administered a cortisone shot to relieve the pain I was currently experiencing. I will be returning in 6 weeks for a follow up appointment.

Roberta’s Testimonial regarding Bilateral Total Knees and Conservative treatment for shoulder

I am very pleased with Dr. Durkin. He is an excellent surgeon, who recently replaced both my knees, which are healing nicely. He has fixed my shoulder issues and kept me from having rotator cuff surgery, resolved the problem with excellent physical therapy. I look forward to being able to walk without pain, something that I haven’t been able to do for 7 years. He is keeping me able to work by fixing my shoulder issues and keeping me able to do things without injuring myself by strengthening my muscles.

Carolyn’s testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin and Emily.

Dr. Durkin took time explaining my exam and treatment plan. The PA, Emily, did a great job doing my injection and explaining everything.

Susan’s Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin.

I was very pleased with the efficiency of the office. I found Dr. Durkin very professional and personable. I am pleased with the action plan which he prescribed for me and plan on continuing on with him.

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Dee Ann’s Testimonial Regarding Dr. Durkin.

Excellent customer service. Everyone I encountered was very respectful and professional. Dr. Durkin is awesome as well as the staff. The Facility is very clean and comfortable. I love the fish tank.

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Jill's Testimonial Regarding Dr. Durkin.

Dr. Durkin was extremely helpful and thorough. He answered all of my questions and gave me great advice and solutions for healing. He is a consummate professional who provides orthopedic expertise with compassion for the patient. He has my wholehearted recommendation.

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Mary's Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin.

Dr. Michael Durkin is a kind person who is patient and takes a genuine interest in you and gives you his time and attention and I feel that he is the right doctor for me.

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William's Testimonial regarding Dr. Durkin.

My experience at Hinsdale orthopedics was excellent. Dr. Durkin explained everything in detail. I was very pleased with the service I received and would definitely recommend him to others.

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Mary’s Testimonial regarding Total Knee Replacement.

I had a right knee replacement in May 2019. I was experiencing a great deal of pain. I already had cortisone injections and gel injections in my knee for 3 years.

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Richard’s testimonial regarding bilateral partial knee replacements.

Prior to surgery my knees were always sore. I can now stand, walk and climb ladders. Dr. Durkin and his team are very personable and professional.

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Diane’s testimonial regarding total knee replacment.

Dr. Durkin replaced my left knee and the result was outstanding. I have complete confidence in him to do the same for my right knee so I can get back to normal and have no pain.

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George’s Testimonial

Dr. Durkin has been my doctor for my previous surgeries. I would trust no one else. I have had complete success with my replacement joints and now look forward to my new knee.

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Marie’s Testimonial regarding Non-Surgical Treatments

I just wanted to say Thank You for assisting me to get into a pain free status with my shoulder. I appreciate the fact that alternate treatment is consider rather than jumping into surgery.

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Kathy's testimonial for Total Hip Replacement and Rotator Cuff Repair

I was having pain in my right knee and hip, as time went on, it was getting worse. I woke up one day and could barely walk. I was misinformed by another doctor about what was wrong with me.

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Judi's Story

My experience with Team Durkin was efficient and effective. I was in tremendous pain and limped into Dr. Durkin's office and, I was unable to participate in my every day activities. Toni, the nurse, was amazing.

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Donald's Story

Before the surgery, I was unable to walk even a short distance or stand for a few minutes without being in pain.

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Testimonial from Bruce regarding Bilateral Makoplasty Partial Knee Replacements

My knees began to cause me worsening pain when I was in my mid-thirties. By my early fifties my knees caused me consistent and significant pain sufficient to preclude my active lifestyle.

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Testimonial from Gary regarding Shoulder Replacement

Before surgery I had severe arthritis in my shoulder which resulted in a significant reduction in range of motion, muscular weakness and chronic pain. I had difficulty performing any task that required my arms to go above 90 degrees.

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Testimonial regarding Mako Partial Knee Replacement
Dear Team Durkin,

I cannot thank you enough for all you did for me. It has been at least 12 years since I had pain in my left knee. It was especially bad when I had to walk down stairs and on hills. Skiing, hiking and doing exercise was no fun at all.

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Testimonial from John regarding Knee Scope
Dearest Dr. Durkin,

Thank you very much for your time, patience, kindness and professionalism. Above all, thank you for helping me walk pain free which stopped my dependency on pain killer medications. My job requires me to walk around to check on staff and equipment. I used to limp and sometimes fall while walking at home or at work.

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Testimonial from Peter regarding bilateral mako partial knee replacements

I found Dr. Durkin because a friend of mine told me about the Mako robot/computer assisted surgery. I was very guarded but he proved an excellent doctor!! His bedside manners were exceptional.

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Testimonial from Renate regarding Mako Total Hip Replacement

I am emailing your office to let anyone needing the finest Ortho Doc know about you and your office. After my first appointment I had for the arthritis in my knee I knew you understood I wanted to do more than tie my shoelaces as I aged.

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Testimonial from Sandy regarding Mako Partial Knee Replacement
Dr Durkin,

I want to thank you for the great job you did on my knee. It has been 18 months since my makoplasty knee. I am 64 years old and got to ski once again at Breckenridge 2 weeks ago.

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