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Henry J. Fuentes, MD

Sports Medicine & General Orthopaedics


Dr. Fuentes is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and joint replacement. He is highly trained in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, including rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction, as well as total hip and knee replacement and partial knee replacement. His compassion for his patients sets him apart as a surgeon. As Dr. Fuentes says,

“I like to treat patients as if they’re my relatives. I like them to feel empowered, to ask questions, and to be educated on their condition.”

Dr. Fuentes was born in Colombia, South America. He grew up and attended high school in Chicago, and then his family relocated back to Colombia. There he received his medical degree from the University of Cartagena. Dr. Fuentes completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Cook County Hospital and University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by a year of fellowship training in Sports Medicine at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.

Today, Dr. Fuentes treats athletes of all ages in the community. He has served as the Football Team Physician for several local high schools, including Tinley Park High School (14 years), Lincoln Way West High School (4 years), and, presently, Brother Rice High School (since 2014). Dr. Fuentes also proudly served as Tournament Physician for the Illinois High School Association Individual Wrestling Finals for 19 years, between 1991 and 2013. In April 2011, Dr. Fuentes was named one of the “Top Docs for Jocks” by Chicago Magazine.

Fluent in both English and Spanish, Dr. Fuentes is able to communicate with and care for a wide patient demographic. This is essential to his practice, as his philosophy revolves around discussing treatment options with his patients and letting them ultimately choose their plan of care.

Dr. Fuentes is currently welcoming new patients in New Lenox, Joliet, and Palos Heights.

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Common conditions treated

⦁ AC joint separation
⦁ Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen shoulder)
⦁ Biceps/Triceps injuries & tears
⦁ Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder
⦁ Dislocation/subluxation of shoulder joints (Shoulder instability)
⦁ Fractures of the shoulder
⦁ Impingement syndrome of shoulder (Rotator cuff tendonitis)
⦁ Labral tears
⦁ Osteoarthritis of the shoulder
⦁ Rotator cuff tears

Common procedures performed

⦁ Arthroscopy of shoulder
⦁ Cortisone (Steroid) Injections
⦁ Joint manipulation of shoulder
⦁ Repair labral tear
⦁ Repair ruptured tendon / Biceps tenodesis
⦁ Rotator cuff repair
⦁ Subacromial decompression
⦁ Surgical treatment of shoulder fractures

Common conditions treated

⦁ Baker’s cyst
⦁ Bursitis of the knee
⦁ Dislocation/subluxation of the knee joints (Kneecap instability)
⦁ Fractures of the knee
⦁ Knee ligament injuries & tears (ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL)
⦁ Meniscus tears/Internal derangement of the knee
⦁ Osteoarthritis of knee
⦁ Runner’s knee - Chondromalacia & IT band syndrome
⦁ Shin splints

Common procedures performed

⦁ Arthroscopy of the knee
⦁ Cortisone (Steroid) Injections
⦁ Joint manipulation of the knee
⦁ Ligament repair/reconstruction (arthroscopic)
⦁ Meniscectomy & meniscus repair (arthroscopic)
⦁ Partial knee replacement
⦁ Surgical treatment of knee fractures
⦁ Total Knee Arthroplasty
⦁ Viscosupplementation or “Gel Shots”

Common conditions treated

⦁ Fractures of the hip & pelvis
⦁ Osteoarthritis of the hip
⦁ Trochanteric bursitis

Common procedures performed

⦁ Fluoroscopic-guided hip steroid injections
⦁ Surgical treatment of hip fractures
⦁ Total Hip Arthroplasty

Common conditions treated

⦁ Bursitis of the elbow
⦁ Distal biceps/triceps tendon injuries
⦁ Distal biceps/triceps tendon injuries
⦁ Fractures of the elbow/forearm
⦁ Lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”)
⦁ Medial epicondylitis (“golfer’s elbow”)
⦁ Osteoarthritis of the elbow

Common procedures performed

⦁ Cortisone (steroid) injection
⦁ Distal biceps repair
⦁ Surgical treatment of elbow/forearm fractures

Common conditions treated

⦁ Carpal tunnel syndrome
⦁ De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
⦁ Fractures of the hand/wrist
⦁ Osteoarthritis of the hand/wrist
⦁ Sprains and strains of hand/wrist
⦁ Trigger finger

Common procedures performed

⦁ Surgical treatment of hand & wrist fracture



    • Fellowship, Sports Medicine, St. Francis Medical Center | Peoria, IL | 1990-1991
    • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago | Chicago, IL | 1989-1990
    • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Cook County Hospital | Chicago, IL | 1985-1989
    • Residency, General Surgery, Louisiana State University | New Orleans, LA | 1983-1985
    • M.D., University of Cartagena | Cartagena, Colombia | 1980 -1982

Certifications & licensure

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery | July 1993

Professional experience

    • Team Physician, Brother Rice High School Football | 2014 – present

Professional memberships

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • Illinois Orthopaedic Society
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