Dr. Keith Pitchford

Dr. Pitchford is founder, president and CEO of Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, P.C. In addition to his private practice as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Pitchford is Adjunct Assistant Professor for Orthopedic Surgery at Midwestern University and team physician for the Gary SouthShore Railcats and the Chi-Town Shooters.

Dr. Pitchford graduated in 1986 from the University of Illinois, Urbana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology. He received his medical degree from Midwestern University (formerly Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine), where he also served his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery.

He completed a sports medicine fellowship with renowned surgeon Dr. Bernard Cahill at the University of Illinois, before accepting a position as staff orthopedic surgeon at Sports Med-Wheaton Orthopedics, during which time he was orthopedic consultant to the Illinois High School Association. From there, Dr. Pitchford returned to the region and began Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

In addition to his ongoing orthopedic lectures to residents at Midwestern University, Dr. Pitchford has written numerous papers and has been featured speaker at seminars on the topic of sports medicine, treatments and injury prevention.

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JOURNEY◊ II Active Knee Solutions – Implant Wear

Implant materials can impact durability

Virtually all total knee replacement systems use a combination of metal and plastic components to replace the surfaces of a damaged knee. Metal is typically used to replace the surfaces of the bone, while plastic is most commonly used to replace the joint’s cartilage.

Unfortunately, the metal and plastic surfaces of an implant can wear down over time. The primary cause of this “implant wear” is the friction created when the upper, metal, part of an implant – called the femoral component – rubs against the plastic insert. Even with pristine implants, over time, this friction can cause tiny particles of the insert to wear away. If the metal component becomes scratched for any reason, this destructive process can be increased dramatically. In fact, this type of implant wear is a leading cause of premature knee replacement failure.

Fortunately, implant wear can be offset by using advanced, wear-reducing materials during the creation of the implant.

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