WATCH A VIDEO NEXT LEVEL OF FITNESS Brian Pozzi demonstrates his powerful comeback following orthopaedic surgery in a new video. Tune in at northshore.org/briansstory . Lifting You Up Whether you are recovering from a sports-related injury or maintaining an active lifestyle, NorthShore’s team of orthopaedic specialists provides high-quality, comprehensive care for patients of all ages. Dig in to our “I feel better and stronger than ever,” said Brian Pozzi , who roared back to his active life—including “boot camp” style workouts—after surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle tendon. capabilities online at northshore.org/r8 , or call (847) 492-5700 (Ext. 1261) . Hear Me Roar Patient Credits Rebound to Surgical “Dream Team” By Phil Rozen H igh-powered attorney by day and strongman by night, Brian Pozzi is always pushing himself to the next level. When he is not at work, you can ﬁ nd the 48-year-old ﬂ ipping tractor tires in his backyard for sport. Pozzi, of Hawthorn Woods, is dedicated to all his physical pursuits—from weightlifting to CrossFit to ﬂ ag football. He even hosts a Saturday morning workout for like-minded friends, complete with kettlebell lifting and tire ﬂ ipping. These intense activities came to a screeching halt a few years ago while Pozzi was lifting weights on vacation. He instantly knew he suff ered a serious injury in his upper chest. Despite the pain, he recalls his ﬁ rst thought was, “How long will it be before I can work out again?” out of commission for too long,” said Pozzi. “He thoroughly explored the pros and cons of opting for physical therapy (PT) and rehab instead of immediate surgery.” “One of the unique things about Brian’s case,” noted Dr. Levin, “was that on examination he seemed to have a complete tear—but an MRI suggested only a partial tear.” Knowing this, they agreed to ﬁ rst try PT, hoping it would be successful. Yet, after several months of PT, Pozzi still was not where he wanted to be. “I knew Dr. Dunlap and Dr. Levin were both great surgeons—and once we made the decision to have surgery, I was conﬁ dent it was the right thing for me.” extent.” These sentiments were echoed by Dr. Levin, who also praised Pozzi’s work ethic and attitude. “The whole experience was fantastic,” added Pozzi. “I’m beyond where I was before the injury—better and stronger than ever!” TEAM APPROACH Due to an accumulation of scar tissue, Pozzi’s surgery would be more complicated than usual. So, the pair of spor ts injur y experts decided to perform the procedure together. Repairing Pozzi’s torn tendon went smoothly, setting him on course for a full recovery. “I literally had the ‘dream team’ of surgeons. They put me back together, and I recovered much more quickly than expected. I owe much of it to Drs. Dunlap and Levin,” noted Pozzi. “The excitement that Brian brings to life is inspiring,” added Dr. Dunlap. “He wants to do everything he can to the fullest ASSESSING THE INJURY Pozzi made an appointment with NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute Surgeon Bradley Dunlap, MD, who conﬁ rmed a tear in his pectoral muscle tendon. Dr. Dunlap suggested that his sidelined patient also consult with colleague and fellow Surgeon Steven Lev in , MD, before making any treatment decisions. Both physicians hold academic appointments at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. “Dr. Levin understood I didn’t want to be 8 CONNECTIONS FALL 2017 Dr. Bradley Dunlap (left) and Dr. Steven Levin used a team approach to help Pozzi recover from a tear to his pectoral muscle tendon. GOING FOR YOUR GOALS Want to improve your workouts? Stay in the right mindset with guidance from Healthy You , NorthShore’s online source for timely health and wellness news, at northshore.org/r9 .