Stories of Triumph

Read the incredible stories of Weiss patients who have overcome incredible health challenges through their perseverance and hard work, along with the help of talented and dedicated doctors and staff. Here, we share their stories of challenging health issues and recoveries, to help you realize that at Weiss you are not alone in your steps to recovery.


Andrew’s Hip Replacement Story

Repair Treatment: Total hip replacement becomes appealing option for 20- and 30-somethings The evolution of total hip replacement technology means more young adults than ever are moving forward with the surgery. New techniques and instruments result in more active futures Learn More

Cardnel’s Vascular Recovery Story

New Procedure Combats Effects of Peripheral Vascular Disease Cardnel Bardney looks like a happy, confident man walking down the street. But only months ago, the Chicago resident could barely walk, switching between a walker and wheelchair in extreme pain. At Learn More

Cheryl’s Back Surgery Story

Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Enables Chicago Woman to Move on with Her Life Cheryl Williams endured increasingly debilitating back pain for three years before finding relief. The Chicago woman first tried conservative treatments: pain medications, physical therapy, and epidural injections, Learn More

Chuck’s Orthopedic Surgery Story

The New Face of Orthopedic Surgery Retired Teacher and Basketball Coach: Chuck Westendorf Chuck Westendorf still remembers the horrifying feeling of having “uneven legs” after hip replacement surgery. “I knew immediately something was wrong,” Westendorf said. “It was as if I Learn More

Emma’s ACL Knee Injury Story

Treating the High Number of Female Athletes with ACL Knee Injuries & Preventing Future Tears Emma Falk (left) never thought an ACL tear would happen to her.  Chicago teenager Emma Falk just finished playing her spring high school softball season Learn More

Eric’s Knee Revision Story

Young father disabled by arthrofibrosis returns to an active life with his family Eric Hicks, 31, of Cedar Lake, Indiana was tired of the pain and surgeries over a decade’s time. A knee injury while playing high school football Learn More

Julianne’s Sports Medicine Story

The New Face of Sports Medicine Professional Soccer Player: Julianne Sitch Julianne Sitch plays professional soccer for the Chicago Red Stars. She knows that being injured is always a possibility in the sports world, but she had never been severely Learn More

Julie’s Hip Revision Surgery Story

New Study Confirms What Weiss Surgeons See: More Hip & Knee Revisions Total joint replacement is the most common, elective surgical procedure in the U.S. Recently released research from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) reflects current trends in Learn More

Julius’ Rehabilitation Story

Starting Over: Patient Learns to Walk Again after Startling Guillain-Barre Diagnosis Every day at 5 p.m., Julius Marbury would look up at the clock in his room. He knew that within minutes, his wife and daughter would walk through the Learn More

Nikki’s Hip ​Replacement Story

Joint University brings less fear, faster healing When Nikki Smith had her hip replaced in January 2014, she was up on her feet and mobile in record time. She credits her speedy recovery to Weiss Memorial Hospital’s Joint University, which Learn More

Ondrea’s Arthrofibrosis Story

Urban Planner Designs a New Life Following Complex Knee Surgery Ondrea Tye is smiling again after complex arthrofibrosis surgery performed by Henry Finn, M.D. “I’m a person who is not limited in what I want to do,” said Ondrea Tye, 63, Learn More

Paula’s Therapy Story

Paula’s Therapy Story Learning to walk after Parkinson’s As an artist and tai chi instructor, 80-year-old Paula Weiner was used to leading an active life. Even a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2009 didn’t stop her from teaching or taking daily Learn More

Ricky’s Meniscus Transplant Story

Weiss Sports Medicine Specialist Performs Rare Knee Surgery Meniscus transplant has former collegiate football player walking in a new direction Watch the news story on Fox 32 Chicago. Growing up, Chicago area native Ricky Valadez loved sports – rugby, wrestling, football. Learn More

Rob’s Knee Fusion Disassembly Surgery Story

Difficult surgery to reverse a knee fusion provides one man the chance to regain his mobility and the opportunity to live life to its fullest “Did you see the video of me biking for the first time in 25 years?” Learn More

Tyler’s Sports Reconstructive Surgery Story

Reversing a Trend Among Young Baseball Players Three Ways to Reduce Tommy John Surgeries among Teens Tyler Woynerowski (right) smiles during a surgical follow-up visit with Dr. Preston Wolin (left) after it is revealed he is fully healed from his Learn More

Tyre’s Surgical Story

College Bound and Confident in Returning to the Football Field With many kids heading starting school this week and next, here’s a look at one of our favorite back-to-school stories: the tale of a high school football star heading to Learn More

Wayne’s Rehabilitation Story

Rehab after Leg Amputation Gives Man New Strength in Life Some of the toughest work in Weiss Hospital happens in the 4th floor rehabilitation room. But it’s also the source of countless success stories—and lots of laughter. One morning this Learn More