Total Joint Replacement (TJR)

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with an artificial joint, which is designed to move just like a healthy joint.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

MIS Joint Replacement offers important advantages, requiring smaller incisions and potentially causing less trauma, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and less scarring than traditional techniques.

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Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is specialized medical care for treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries. From athletes to active individuals, sports medicine helps patients continue injury-free active lifestyles.

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Upper Extremity

Patients suffering from debilitating shoulder, arm or hand problems can benefit from the Bonutti Clinic specialists who have devoted their careers and training to the treatment of upper extremity issues.

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Dr. Peter M. Bonutti

Board-Certified Orthopedic - Reconstructive Surgeon

Peter Bonutti, MD, is an orthopedic - reconstructive surgeon, inventor, author, professor, consultant, and entrepreneur noted for his commitment to his patients, community and specialty. Through the Bonutti Clinic, Dr. Bonutti brings world-class musculoskeletal care and cutting edge research to Illinois, attracting patients from 41 states and 6 countries to Effingham, Illinois. Founded in 1989, with the goal of establishing a subspecialty musculoskeletal care center integrating innovative surgical techniques, clinical practice, rehabilitation, diagnostics and research in a rural community. The Bonutti Clinic and it’s science center, Bonutti Research have grown to over 200 employees and has developed products and technologies used world-wide.

Recognized as a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Dr. Bonutti holds 250 US patents, with 90 more pending. Dr. Bonutti has developed and licensed technology to major corporations including Hitachi, Medtronic, Kyphon, Covidien, US Surgical, Biomet, Arthrocare, Synthes and Stryker. His innovations in Minimally Invasive Knee Arthroplasty were credited in the Annual Report for Stryker Corporation, one of the top 50 companies in the S&P 500 according to Business Week.

Dr. Bonutti maintains an extremely busy clinical and surgical practice, averaging nearly 1,000 surgical procedures per year. He also maintains an academic interest as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Arkansas and has over 100 published articles. He lectures internationally and has trained over 100 surgeons on his surgical techniques. As a graduate of the University of Chicago, Dr. Bonutti earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic training at the Cleveland Clinic with additional fellowship training internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Austria and Canada. Dr. Bonutti is the founder of Biomax Rehabilitation Inc., Bonutti Research, Joint Active Systems, Multitak, and Unity Ultrasonic. His surgical and research teams continue to identify new technology for patient care, diagnostics, and surgical management, focusing on less invasive techniques and innovations for surgical care.


  • Undergraduate: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Medical: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH


  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Research Fellowship: Cleveland Research Institute, Cleveland, OH
  • Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship: University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
  • Sports Medicine International Traveling Fellowship: Desmond Bokor, MD, & Mervyn Cross, MD, Sydney, Australia

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American College of Physician Inventors (FACP)
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
  • Illinois Orthopedic Association
  • Illinois State Medical Association
  • Central Illinois Orthopedic Association

Hospital Affiliation

Stryker Consulting

Inventor Consultant - Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Upper Extremity Design Team

  • Minimally Invasive Total Knee Instrumentation - Project Leader
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Implant
  • Endoscopic Assisted Total Knee & Hip Arthroplasty - Project Leader
  • “Mercury 118” Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty - Project Leader
  • “Precision” Disposable Instrumentation System
  • “Triathlon” Total Knee System - Instrumentation
  • “Generation X” Early Arthritis Intervention - Project Leader
  • Focal Defects, Trochlear Implant – Spacer Implant System
  • “Trident” Ceramic-On-Ceramic Total Hip Arthroplasty – FDA IDE Study
  • “Solar” Total Elbow System
  • “Solar” Total Shoulder System
  • “Scorpio” Revision Total Knee Implant and Instrumentation
  • “Scorpio” Total Knee, Cruciate Retaining System
  • “The Series 7000” Total Knee Implant and Instrumentation
  • “Passport” Total Replacement Instrumentation

US Patents

  • 7,104,996 - Method of performing surgery
  • 6,770,078 - Movable knee implant and methods therefore
  • 6,702,821 - Instrumentation for minimally invasive joint replacement and methods for using same
  • 12 Patents Pending

Licensed Inventions

  • Total hip implants for minimally invasive procedures
  • Total knee implants suitable for minimally invasive procedures
  • Reusable instrumentation for minimally invasive hip and knee implant systems
  • Computer assisted guidance/navigation for minimally invasive hip and knee replacements
  • In situ patella resection for total knee replacement
  • Disposable instruments related to the fields with exceptions
  • Milling methods and instruments for minimally invasive total hip and total knee replacements
  • Sliding cutting blocks for use in minimally invasive total hip and total knee replacements
  • Medial/lateral approaches and instrumentation to minimally invasive total hip and total knee replacements
  • Total hip and total knee procedures and systems with no or minimal joint dislocation
  • Total knee procedures and systems that avoid quadriceps release
  • Bicompartmental knee implants and methods
  • Modular hip and knee implants assembled in the body
  • Knee implants that slide or tilt in place through a medial or lateral incision
  • Laser cutting/holographic cutting methods and instruments for minimally invasive total hip and total knee replacements
  • Robotic assisted minimally invasive total hip and total knee replacements
  • Ultrasound guidance for total hip and total knee replacements
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Dr. Peter M. Bonutti

Peter M. Bonutti, MD, FACS, FAAOS, FAANA

Dr. Bonutti specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions and performs several orthopedic procedures including:

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • MAKOplasty
  • Sports Medicine

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