A Full Range of Care

Designed Just for Women

As a woman, your healthcare needs are complex and ever-changing throughout your life. That is why Ingalls offers services with you and your lifestyle in mind.

Breast Care

Recently named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the Richard K. Desser, M.D., Comprehensive Breast Center offers the most complete breast care anywhere. Whether you need a mammogram, a biopsy or treatment for breast cancer, our team is standing by. Our specially trained nurse navigator answers questions, as well as educates and assists patients in every aspect of their care – from diagnosis through treatment. The Desser Center team also includes experienced, specially trained radiologists who understand your particular concerns, and have passed stringent standards for performing and interpreting mammograms, ultrasound, MRI and other diagnostic tests.

Varicose Veins

If varicose veins are causing you pain, Ingalls offers a minimally invasive outpatient treatment called laser vein ablation that uses radiofrequency energy to treat problem veins. Quick and effective, laser vein ablation is a vast improvement over the traditional option of vein stripping and ligation surgery that was often painful and required up to six weeks of recovery. After the procedure, a patient can literally walk out of the office and resume normal activities within 24 hours. Laser vein ablation boasts a 95 percent success rate. Vein mapping helps determine if you are a candidate for laser vein ablation.

Osteoporosis

An estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, a serious condition marked by thinning bones that can result in severe pain and bone fractures. For some people affected by osteoporosis, performing simple tasks can cause a bone to break. Unfortunately, in most cases, the first symptom of osteoporosis is a broken bone. Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, being female, low body weight, low sex hormone levels during menopause, smoking, and some medications, including steroids. Both prevention and treatment of osteoporosis can include getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D, regular exercise, and taking osteoporosis medications, if needed.

Bone-density testing, also called bone densitometry, uses special technology called dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to measure bone density in the hip, spine and/or other bones, and diagnose low bone mass. The test itself usually takes less than 15 minutes and is both non-invasive and painless. Results from a bone-density test will show if you have a greater risk of breaking a bone.

For your convenience, Ingalls offers bone-density testing at the main hospital campus in Harvey and at the Ingalls Family Care Centers in Calumet City, Flossmoor and Tinley Park.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) relieves the unpleasant symptoms of uterine fibroids while allowing you to avoid surgery. During a UFE procedure, Ingalls interventional radiologists use an X-ray camera to guide the delivery of tiny particles to the uterus and fibroids. Injected through a thin, flexible catheter, these tiny particles block the arteries that provide blood flow to the tumors, causing the fibroids to shrink. Nearly 90 percent of women with fibroids experience dramatic symptom relief. Benefits of UFE include no surgical incision, little or no blood loss, significantly less pain, a faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities.

Urinary Incontinence

The Ingalls Incontinence Treatment Program offers a conservative, yet effective approach to solving bladder and pelvic health problems that includes educational resources, pelvic floor muscle exercises, and strategies to manage discomfort. If your condition requires surgery, Ingalls urology experts offer today’s most advanced surgical techniques for stress incontinence including the sling procedure and transurethral injection therapy. A surgical option for urge incontinence involves the placement of a device that acts as a pacemaker for the bladder. Treatment depends on the type of problem you have and your lifestyle.

Success Stories

Advanced Orthopedic Institute

Ingalls Orthopedics Nurse “Walks the Walk” about Anterior Hip Replacement

Mini TightRope Procedure Moves Bunion Back in Place Without Cutting Bone

Reverse Shoulder Replacement Gets Lansing Man Back in the Swing

Anterior Hip Replacement the Best Choice for Active Chicago Man

Ingalls Neurosurgeon Performs One-of-a-Kind Spinal Surgery on Local Woman

Indiana Woman Gets Relief from Debilitating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Custom-Fit Knee Implant 'Wears' Well for Homewood Woman

Organ Repairman Back in Tune with Anterior Hip Surgery

State Wrestling Champ Grapples with Torn ACL and Triumphs!

Back Pain a Thing of the Past Following Disc Replacement

Ingalls Making an Impact on Concussion

South Holland Man Touts Convenience of Ingalls Same Day Surgery

Flossmoor Woman Walking Tall Again After Anterior Hip Replacement

Anterior Hip Surgery Helps Busy Olympia Fields Woman Stay Independent

No Distance Too Great to Travel for Anterior Hip Replacement

Titanium Ankle Implant Gets Gift Shop Manager Back on Her Feet

Deuce Partial Knee Offers High-performance Option for Active Patients

Revolutionary Technique Restores Damaged Knee Cartilage

New Custom-Fit Knee Implant Means Better, Longer-Lasting Wear

Shoulder Repair: When Conventional Isn't An Option

Partial Knee Offers Permanent Fix

'A Complete Turnabout' Spine Procedure Relieves Indiana Man's Neck Pain

Behavioral Health

Using Art to Heal

Ingalls Behavioral Health Expands Adolescent Services

Chicago Man Celebrates One Year of Sobriety

Cancer Center

Ingalls Among First in Nation to Offer Investigative Drug for Leukemia

Unique Liver Tumor Treatment Provides Hope for South Side Native

'Accidental Find' of Melanoma Saves Park Forest Woman

Proper Nutrition is a Must for Cancer Patients

Ingalls Honored for Outstanding Cancer Achievement

Our Experts Take Cancer Care Personally

Dolton Man Faces Lung Cancer with a Positive Attitude

Ingalls Doctors Put the 'Deep Freeze' on Tumors and Save Patient's Kidneys

Ingalls Introduces Ambassadors for Cancer Research

Ingalls Enrolling Patients in National Pancreatic Cancer Study

Chicago Woman is 'Poster Child' for Successful Breast Cancer Treatment

Helping Cancer Survivors Triumph Over Stress and Depression

Complementary Medicine

Struggling with Weight Loss? Nail-biting? Smoking? Try Hypnosis!

Botox an Unexpected Treatment for Migraine Sufferers

Dialysis

Dialysis Access Experts at Ingalls Create Lifeline for Alsip Man

Ear Nose and Throat

Balloon Sinuplasty: Cutting-Edge Sinus Surgery with No Cutting

Gastroenterology

Winning the Battle with Crohn's Disease

Complex Colorectal Surgery Gives Country Club Hills Man His Life Back

Heart and Vascular

Right Time, Right Place

Could That Heart Flutter Be Atrial Fibrillation?

Heart and Brain Health More Closely Linked Than You Think

Peripheral Artery Disease Nearly Sidelines Pro Boxing Official

Quick Stroke Response Means Faster Recovery for Alsip Man

Lansing Man Speaks Clearly Again Following Stroke Rehab

Quick Response Saves 38-Year-Old Man

Big 10 College Official Scores with Leg Vein Procedure

Ingalls Stroke Care Helps Indiana Man Regain Independence

Ingalls/Rotary Fair is a Lifesaver for Hazel Crest Village Clerk

South Holland Woman Treated for Rare Heart Tumor

Team Effort - Ingalls Doctors Work Together to Save Lynwood Woman's Life

Home Care and Hospice

Tele-Monitoring Helps Reduce CHF Hospitalizations

Palliative Care Comforts and Improves Quality of Life

Expert Wound Care Heals South Holland Man's Foot

Ingalls Hospice Offers Comfort, Care and Support

Interventional Radiology

Peripheral Artery Disease Nearly Sidelines Pro Boxing Official

Unique Liver Tumor Treatment Provides Hope for South Side Native

Big 10 College Official Scores with Leg Vein Procedure

Treating Uterine Fibroids Without Hysterectomy

Vein Treatment at Ingalls Takes the Ache Out of Frankfort Man's Legs

Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair Saves Life of Country Club Hills Man

Team Effort - Ingalls Doctors Work Together to Save Lynwood Woman's Life

New Therapy for Patients with Inoperable Liver Cancer

Irwin Retina Center

Irwin Retina Center: Landmark Macular Degenration Study Shows Two Drugs Equally Effective

National Study At Ingalls Compares Treatments for 'Wet' Macular Degeneration

Neurosciences

Homewood Man Victorious Over Rare Neurological Disorder

Ingalls Neurosurgeon Performs One-of-a-Kind Spinal Surgery on Local Woman

Quick Stroke Response Means Faster Recovery for Alsip Man

Lansing Man Speaks Clearly Again Following Stroke Rehab

Ingalls Stroke Care Helps Indiana Man Regain Independence

Disturbing the Peace Sleep Disorders Steal the Winks

Occupational Health

Occupational Therapy: Fine-Tuning Children's Motor Skills

Workplace wellness initiatives pay off

Outpatient Services

Ingalls Same Say Surgery: 25 Years of Exceptional Service

South Holland Man Touts Convenience of Ingalls Same Day Surgery

Rehabilitative Services

Lansing Man Speaks Clearly Again Following Stroke Rehab

Ingalls Stroke Care Helps Indiana Man Regain Independence

Munster Woman Achieves 'Medical Miracles'

Ingalls Physical Therapy Helps Oak Forest Man Overcome Dizzy Spells

Breathe Easier with Ingalls Asthma Education

It Matters Where You Go For Stroke Care

Ingalls Rehab 'Home Away from Home' for Orland Hills Man

Occupational Therapy: Fine-Tuning Children's Motor Skills

Rheumatology Treatment

Newer Treatments Encouraging for Patients woth Psoriatic Arthritis

Urinary Incontinence

From Therapy to Surgery: Incontinence Program Offers Range of Options

Wellness

Struggling with Weight Loss? Nail-biting? Smoking? Try Hypnosis!

From Video Games to the School Track Team: KidFit Camp Helps Local Student Get Active

Botox an Unexpected Treatment for Migraine Sufferers

Walking Can Lower Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

Women's Services

University Park Woman Winning Battle Against Breast Cancer

Treating Uterine Fibroids Without Hysterectomy

Simple Surgical Repair Fixes Bladder Prolapse for Midlothian Woman

Healthy Baby Network Invaluable for Expectant Women and Adolescents

Ingalls Designated as Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

A Full Range of Care Designed Just for Women

Minimally Invasive Alternative to Hysterectomy

Wound Care

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Heal Foot Ulcer