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Life-changing Limb Reconstruction for Veterans

Life-changing Limb Reconstruction for Veterans

Edgardo Rodriguez-Collazo, DPM, on performing specialty limb surgeries for our veterans


November 4, 2016 (Chicago, IL)—“I want to take care of people, no matter what it takes,” says Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez-Collazo, an expert surgeon at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital who performs complex limb surgeries on veterans. Having completed his residency at the North Chicago Veterans Administration Medical Center, Dr. Rodriguez-Collazo has long been an advocate for taking care of our veterans.


Edgardo Rodriguez-Collazo, DPM, has extensive experience in muscle flap procedures and peripheral nerve surgery. He has performed complex muscle flap and nerve surgeries, having successfully completed hundreds of nerve cases. With expertise in the most complex cases of limb surgeries, Dr. Rodriguez-Collazo also specializes in Ilizarov procedures, an orthopedic surgery used to lengthen or reshape limb bones that are not amenable with other techniques.


Two years ago, Dr. Rodriguez-Collazo met Navy veteran David Mack, who due to a long history of sky-diving and long distance running combined with a winter-time fall, was diagnosed with a foot deformity that would need a foot deformity correction surgery as well as a leg realignment procedure.


Leveraging his expertise in complex limb surgeries and skills in performing Ilizarov procedures, Dr. Rodriguez-Collazo performed this complex limb surgery on David Mack, allowing him to return to his normal activities. Thanks to Dr. Rodriguez-Collazo, Mack went from having gained a considerable amount of weight from being unable to move, to returning to his active lifestyle, even beginning to pursue Olympic weightlifting. “Dr. Rodriguez-Collazo, as my surgeon and advocate, has changed my life, allowing me to pursue the health life I want to lead.”




About Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital is an award-winning academic medical center on Chicagos north side overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park. Established in 1868, Presence Saint Joseph has grown with the community and is known for advanced care in cardiology, headache, cancer care, cardiac care, minimally invasive surgery, plastic surgery, neonatal care and treatment of HIV and its complications. Dedicated to delivering an exceptional patient experience, Presence Saint Joseph is recognized as one of the best hospitals in Chicago by U.S. News & World Report.

Training the next generation of physicians and other health care providers, Presence Saint Joseph has 600 physicians in more than 50 specialties on its medical staff, many who are locally or nationally recognized for their clinical expertise, innovative programs and academics. More information is available at


About Presence Health

Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals Presence Health has a revenue base of $2.5 billion.

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