Dr. Donald Kucharzyk is a orthopaedic surgeon specializing in pediatric orthopaedic surgery and spinal surgery practicing in Crown Point, Indiana. Dr. Kucharzyk specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the body's musculoskeletal system in infants, adolescents, and adults caring for patient's "OF ALL AGE'S". When you come to see Dr. Kucharzyk you will see him and only him and not a nurse practitioner or MA or PA at each and every visit.
As a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Kucharzyk tends to childrens bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons can treat newborns to teenagers. Some conditions Dr. Kucharzyk treats include gait abnormalities like limping, limp and spine deformities, broken bones and bone and joint infections. He treats all pediatric patient's with the care and compasion they need and are treated conservatively with surgery as a last resort. His philosophy is "Children are not Little Adult's and can not be treater as such" and this is how he approaches all their ailments.
As a orthopaedic spine surgeon, Dr Kucharzyk employe's all forms of conservative care first and when only all of these have been exhausted does surgery become an option. Dr. Kucharzyk utilizes all the common and state of the art procedures to bring his patient's back to their best functional level they can acheive. He wants his patient to return to the activities that they may have been avoiding due to their back condition. Dr. Kucharzyk has lectured and taught surgeon's locally, nationally and worldwide operating in many countries in Europe, Asia and South America. many international surgeons still remember him for the teachings and traingng he has conducted thru the past 30 years. In addition he has brought newer technologies to the region including the latest and newest Minimally Invasve Spine Surgery Systems with SeaSpine as well as the latest in the treatment of the SI joint "the great minimker of the back" in terms of nonoperative and operative arthodesis of the SI joint thru the Symmetry technologies and RTI medical.
Education and Training
Cincinnati Children's Medical Fellowship 1988
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University 1983
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Donald Kucharzyk D.O.'s Expert Contributions
The treatment is dictated by the degree of the curvature and the appearance in terms of spinal balance or imbalance and if there is decompensation of the spine. So these need to be known first and then the proper treatment instituted which may involve observation of the curve is under 20 degree and bracing if 30 degree's and surgery if it were to progress to 40-45 degree's. But these are baseline recommendations and may change dependent on the clinical examination and the radiographic evaluation as well READ MORE
Typically, they heal in 3-6 weeks dependent on the type and location of the fracture with most healed by six weeks. READ MORE
My daughter had a fracture in her pinkie finger. The splint was just removed and it's swollen. What can we do?
That is normal following the removal of the splint as motion will help to decrease the swelling but because of the splint she could not and did not move it. It will get better over the next few weeks and sometimes takes a month to even go down and sometimes there may be persistant swelling especially in the hand READ MORE
The issue can be two-fold: One, it could be a toxic synovitis if associated with hip pain on examination or knee pain on examination. The other more serious is that he could have a septic joint from the infection if it is not viral, as it might be based upon the fact that he was placed on an antibiotic. He needs to be seen ASAP. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Associate Editor, Spine Journal -
- Lectured in 25 Different Countries as guest speaker -
- Chronic Pain
- Torn Meniscus
- Neck Pain
- Herniated Disc
- Birth Defects
- Spinal Stenosis
- Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- North American Spine Society
- American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
- Chicago Osteo Hosps & M C, Orthopedic Surgery
- Chicago Osteopathic Hosp And Med Centers
- SCS/MSUCOM/Michigan St U/Col of Osteo Med Program
- Chicago and Olympia Fields Osteopathic Medical Centers
- All conservative forms of orthopaedic care for all musculoskeletal injuries and diseases including then when failed operative intervention
- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital - Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spinal Deformity
Professional Society Memberships
- Mid-America Orthopaedic Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Minimally Invasive Spine Society
Articles and Publications
- Chapters in Textbooks, and Articles in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
What do you attribute your success to?
- Treating his Patients and their Families like Family, with Kindness and Compassion
Hobbies / Sports
Favorite professional publications
- Spine Journal, Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
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Get to know Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Donald W. Kucharzyk, who serves patients in Crown Point, Indiana.
Dr. Kucharzyk, a board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeon, has been providing Lake and Porter counties of Indiana and the border counties of Illinois with top-rated orthopedic care services for more than three decades.
Since opening DK Orthopedics in 1989, he has had 208,650 patient visits, performed 13,440 surgeries, and 4,032 spinal surgeries. “At DK Orthopedics, our goal is to always attain the best possible healing and recovery for every patient we treat. Every patient is unique and we prescribe treatment based on an individual and completely thorough evaluation, which is performed using the latest technological advancements available” as stated on their website.
With expanse knowledge and unrivaled expertise in pediatric orthopedics, Dr. Kucharzyk is affiliated with St. Mary Medical Center, Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute, Franciscan Health Crown Point, and Pinnacle Hospital.
A leader in minimally invasive surgery, he remains a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the North American Spine Society, the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, the Mid-America Orthopedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
A 1983 graduate of the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Kucharzyk went on to complete his internship at the same educational venue, followed by his residency in orthopedic surgery at Chicago and Olympia Fields Osteopathic Medical Centers. He also completed his fellowship in pediatric orthopedics and spinal deformity at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Shortly after, he became board-certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, which is an organization with the goal of establishing educational and professional standards for orthopedic residents and surgeons, as well as evaluating the qualifications and competence of orthopedic surgeons.
Orthopedic surgery or orthopedics, also spelled orthopaedics, is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons are specialists who treat musculoskeletal (bone, joint, back, or muscle) problems in children. Their specialty training is particularly valuable when treating bones that are still growing.
In addition to having taught and lectured throughout the United States and worldwide, Dr. Kucharzyk has written chapters in textbooks and articles in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He attributes his success to treating his patients and their families like family with kindness and compassion.
Outside of the office, he enjoys playing golf.
Donald W. Kucharzyk, DO, FAOAO, is an Outstanding Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon with DK Orthopedics in Indiana
Donald W. Kucharzyk, DO, FAOAO, is a well-versed adult and pediatric orthopedic surgeon who diagnoses and treats patients at DK Orthopedics with offices in Valparaiso, Crown Point, Dyer, Demotte in Indiana. Furthermore, he has staff memberships at several local hospitals, including Community Healthcare System/St. Mary's Medical Center in Hobart, Indiana, Franciscan Health Crown Point in Crown Point, Indiana, Pinnacle Hospital in Crown Point, Indiana, and Franciscan Hospital in Munster Indiana. Dr. Kucharzyk has an impressive professional journey that spans thirty years and has expanse knowledge and unrivaled expertise in pediatric orthopedics, spine surgery, sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, and general orthopedics. As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Kucharzyk has dedicated training and unique experience in the diagnosis and preoperative, operative, and postoperative treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Kucharzyk provides consulting services on the MD-Max™ ULIF Minimally Disruptive-Maximum Access System, a versatile, minimally invasive retractor access/fixation system that enables surgeons to achieve results which are the same as, or better than, those attributed to the "gold standard" classic open approach. Throughout his many years of experience, Dr. Donald W. Kucharzyk has upheld a steadfast commitment to the ethical and professional standards of his practice, as evidenced by his sterling record, and ensures an impeccable degree of patient satisfaction in all facets of his work. For more information about Dr. Donald W. Kucharzyk, please visit https://www.dkorthopedics.com/.
Donald W. Kucharzyk, DO, FAOAO, attended the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois, and was awarded his Doctor of Osteopathy degree in 1983. His orthopedic surgery residency was conducted at the Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital and Medical Center, now Franciscan Health Olympia Fields, in Olympia Fields and Chicago, Illinois. He is fellowship trained in pediatric orthopedics and spinal deformity surgery at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Kucharzyk received board certification in orthopedic surgery from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and remains at the forefront of his challenging specialty via memberships and affiliations with prestigious professional societies and associations, such as the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, and the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Moreover, Dr. Kucharzyk attained fellowship of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. He feels that his success is attributable primarily to treating his patients and their families like family members, with kindness and compassion. He enjoys being able to provide patients with the care they need and dedicates his spare time to time with family and friend. For more information about Dr. Donald W. Kucharzyk, please visit https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/8128379-Donald-Kucharzyk-Pediatrics-Orthopedist-Crown-Point-India....