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Dr. David Saper is on staff as the Co-Director of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers, Chicago. Dr. Saper completed both medical school and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and served as an assistant physician for the University of Chicago Maroon’s Athletic Department. He has advanced training in a variety of both non-operative and minimally invasive procedures to treat and repair sports and orthopedic injuries and arthritis of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. Dr. Saper also has considerable experience with fracture and trauma care and completed his residency training in New England’s busiest Level 1 Trauma Center. He continues to provide trauma and fracture care as a surgeon at two of Chicago’s Level 1 trauma centers. In addition to clinical care, Dr. Saper has presented multiple research presentations at national orthopedic conferences including the ‘Orthopaedic Trauma Association,’ the ‘American Society for Surgery of the Hand,’ and the ‘American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.’ He has published several peer-reviewed research papers, novel surgical techniques, and review articles in the orthopedic literature on the topics of sports and trauma and currently serves as a reviewer for the highest impact orthopedic journal, The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Saper is dedicated to the complete care of the individual and stays up to date with the latest techniques, technologies, and treatments to treat bone, cartilage, and joint disorders. He aims to collaborate with patients to help restore their mobility so they can reach their maximal potential in sport, work, and life.
Verified Patient Reviews
Only waited about 10 minutes so I got in fairly fast. Did a great job of explaining the surgery and the next steps.
Overall had a very positive experience with Dr. Saper. It was my first time seeing him and I found that he was thorough in his exam, explained to me what was causing my issues, answered all my questions about treatment options, and was extremely professional throughout the process. I plan to go back to see him in a few weeks for a follow-up visit.
Dr. Saper was excellent. I really liked his bed side manners. He listened to me patiently, walked me through my x-rays and the treatment options. I highly recommend him. My only complaint with the entire appointment was with the staff upfront. They were confused about my insurance for some reason and insisted that I pay the full amount vs. just the co-pay. However, the office manager called up 30 minutes later and refunded the extra amount I paid. So, all was well.
I visited Dr. Saper to follow up on an injury I sustained while traveling in Southeast Asia. His team was professional and thorough, and Dr. Saper was able to create a treatment plan quickly and communicate what I needed to do with exceptional clarity. Plus, he's friendly - which I always find helps me immensely when I'm meeting a doctor for the first time.
He's great! Very thorough and knowledgable! Highly recommended!!
I went to Dr. Saper to get a second opinion on a labrum tear last October. He spend a long time explaining everything to me and discussing my options. He was very patient and answered all my questions. I can highly recommend him.
I came back to Dr. Saper to have my left foot examined after a fall down the stairs. I made this appointment very last minute, and they got me in right away. Everyone in his office is so polite and accommodating, and his bedside manor is simply delightful! I very highly recommend him.
Incredibly thoughtful and very aware of individual needs, which vary greatly from any one person. He took his time with me and was not rushed at all. Instead I felt like he provided me with great references and extensive diagnostics that provided clear evidence for reasonable next steps.
Great staff and really honest opinion.
The DR and his staff were very professional and punctual.
He is a very good Doctor.
Very informative and to the point, good sense of humor and no sugar coating. Would absolutely see him again, and recommend him to others.
Another great visit with Dr. Saper - made a last minute appointment but was able to get in and get my knee looked at. Moving forward with next steps now...
All the staffers at doctor Saper's office were very helpful and professional. When I showed up they had the zoc-doc forms all ready to go already filled out. The office is like a one stop shop with what seems to be a great environment with many qualified specialists and support staff. I needed x-rays so they were done right there in the office and instantly available. They were also connected to a physical therapy center so I scheduled some physical therapy right there. After looking at the X-rays, performing some range of motion tests, and the series of questions, Dr. Saper was able to diagnose me. He prescribed some treatments that already seem to be making a difference. Over all it was definitely worth booking an appointment.
He was very friendly!
It was great. I was able to get an appt pretty quick and I enjoyed the process. Everyone was very nice.
I was able to schedule with ease, in a very timely appointment, within days of issue. Dr Saper was friendly, knowledgeable, and addressed my issues. I left confident that I am on a path to recovery.
Was able to fit me in that day. Diagnosed me quickly and got me on my way. A successful appointment.
Dr. Saper was awesome. I waited a bit in the waiting room but once I was taken into a room he did not make me wait long. He was personable and friendly. He took the time to explain what was going on with me in very simple language so that I was clearly able to understand. I would definitely recommend him.
Dr. Saper was very informative. Answered all our questions. I took my 12 year old son. He said he felt very comfortable with Dr. Saper. I highly recommend him. The office was very professional.
Dr. Saper was super straightforward and helpful. He explained exactly what the issues were with my hand injury and laid out a recovery plan. He made me feel completely comfortable and confident that the recovery would go smoothly. I have another appt in a couple of weeks and I look forward to seeing him again.
I was very nervous about seeing an orthopedic surgeon but am glad I was referred to Dr. Saper. He was very calm and straightforward in explaining the likely prognosis of my injury and in developing a recommended action plan. That provided a lot of peace of mind for me, which I greatly appreciated. The office staff was very friendly and professional, too. I scheduled all follow-up tests and appointments before I left, which also helped with the peace of mind.
This is tough - let me start out by saying Dr. Saper was AMAZING. He spent a lot of time answering my questions, I felt like he actually listened to me and wasn't rushed and he seemed to be very thorough. I would recommend Dr. Saper to anyone and everyone as a doctor, I would not recommend his practice (hence my 'maybe' answer). Here's the tough part - his staff is the worst. When they called me to confirm my appointment, I asked if I could email them my records as I was coming for a second opinion, she said no due to HIPAA, I said I didn't think that sounded right, she said she would ask and call me right back. She never did. I had to call the next morning, was on hold over 15 minutes and was finally told that I could email the records. When I came in the office everyone seemed really disorganized. They sent me for xrays, but when I asked the nurse why, she had no idea (xrays made no sense for my visit). The worst was the girl who handled my follow up scheduling and check-out. She was rude, continually rolled her eyes when I asked questions and ended up throwing my follow-up papers at me because she got frustrated. I have since called with a question and the lady on the phone (maybe the same one) had such an attitude and ultimately, my question wasn't answered. I'm really torn as I thought Dr. Saper was great and I am confident he can help me, but his staff made me quite uncomfortable and question whether or not I want to go back to his office. :(
My visit was very satisfying! Doctor Saper patiently listened to my problem and answered all the questions. I would definitely revisit him for the follow- up.
He is totally professional.
Listened to all my concerns and answered all my questions patiently. Didn't rush me through the consultation, which I appreciate.
Dr. Saper was friendly and clear- exactly what you want in a Dr. I had hurt my hand a while back and he has been great throughout my recovery!
Dr. Saper was very informative when diagnosing my knee pain. He answered all of my questions in great detail and offered a clear treatment plan - all while squeezing me in the same day I made the appointment!
My visit with Dr. Saper was a good one. He was very professional, kind, encouraging, and apologetic about the wait time.
Friendly staff and doc. Overall mostly painless experience!
I had a very pleasant experience with my visit to Dr. Saper's office. I had a pain on my left bicep and he was able to figure out the underlying issue which was sprain in my brachialis. He was extremely polite and friendly. Overall great guy. He is a young chill dude who knows his stuff. I would highly recommend him.
Dr. Saper was great. Talked through all possibilities of the injury. Worked through some options of treatment and next steps and was incredibly patient. Highly recommended.
Dr. Saper needs to move practices. He is a terrific doctor with a great bedside manner he is open to listening to his patients and has their best interests in mind. However the personal that run the practice lack the correct attitude to work in the healthcare industry. I am fully insured with great healthcare, and this practice is a preferred provider. They would not let me leave unless I paid for all services (copay & X-rays) before I left, telling me my insurance covered nothing. Turns out my insurance covered 80% of my visit and I am stilling battling their department. on reimbursement I also requested my medical records, which any patient is legally allowed to do. It took them over the 30 day legal limit to provide these records; even after following through every 3-5 days. Doubling Billing, Attitude & In ability to follow though on communication. There are plenty of other options in the Chicagoland. Do not work with this practice if you have the choice, I leaned my lesson the hard way.
Dr. Saper genuinely expressed care in solving my problem throughout our appointment. He identified a solution and had me feeling much better about my wrist injury after educating me on the diagnosis. I highly recommend Dr. Saper to anyone with a sports injury or orthopedic issues.
Personable but to the point. Informative.
Great Doctor! First time meeting Dr. S. Very straightforward/professional, not feeding me a bunch of B.S. I highly recommend Dr. S.!!!!
They made everything here easy and fast for the patient. Dr. Saper is an amazing doctor, who treated my knee injury. He is a very nice doctor and I would highly recommend to him to anyone. Thank you doctor.
I was seen and treated quickly. Polite and thorough in our discussion.
Dr. Saper and his staff are amazing. I was looking for a Sports Medicine specialist to see after suffering exertion headaches I started following a recent fitness competition. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. After having X-Rays taken and ruling out any underlying issues, he knew right away what to prescribe and carefully explained to me why he was prescribing each medication and wrote his email on his business card to reach out to him if I had any follow up questions. He was very friendly and I probably didn't have a total wait period of more than 5 minutes for all my combined time in the lobby, waiting on the X_Ray technician, waiting on the doctor, paying, etc. I was in and out in no time. The paperwork for my initial visit was not burdensome either. It took less than 5 minutes. I'm actually going to see about switching and making him my primary care physician after this visit. I scheduled my visit on Zocdoc the after midnight the night before my morning. Some places in the past have told me to call first, because Zocdoc isn't always up-to-date with their scheduling times. Glad to see that's not an issue with this office.
They are very efficient here. I was the last appointment of the day and Dr. Saper was willing to stay in order to help. The accommodation was greatly appreciated.
Very professional, helpful visit!
I am highly encouraged by the care plan for my whiplash neck injury outlined by Dr. Saper and his assistants. He is highly professional, kind, and to the point. Looking forward to the PT sessions that he set up for me. Hoping for results!
Friendly office staff, Dr Saper
Dr saper seems knowledgeable and not eager to just go in and fix with surgery which lately it seems every doctor wants to do. We still don't know exactly what my injury is but wants me to try anti inflammatories and then have a follow up combined with physical therapy. He was calm and good at explaining what could be happening and treatment plan.
Dr. Super was great! Very friendly and easy going. He checked out out my broken toe without poking or pulling on it too much and had me fitted in a new walking boot within the half hour. He made sure I had his direct contact information in case I had any questions or concerns before my next x ray. Would definitely recommend!
Dr David Saper was incredibly professional and engaged. He listened to all I had to say, and offered me multiple choices for my treatment of my fractured ulna. I highly recommend Dr David Saper.
Dr. Saper is really friendly, knowledgeable, and I am glad he saw me. His office staff and the billing department are severely lacking, however. I would never recommend his practice to others based on the staff alone. When I was trying to discuss billing issues where we'd been incorrectly billed, they hung up on us.
He's a great doctor and a pleasure to be around. He's extremely knowledgeable and I would refer him to everyone I know. Overall great guy
Dr. Saper is a good doctor. Very capable, knowledgeable and efficient. I felt he listened to my issues and was very intentional about addressing my problems.
He was thorough with the exam and explained his diagnosis. He also took the time to answer my questions.
I was seen right away, which as well all know is the big "unknown" going to any doctor appointment. Then, the doctor was extremely knowledgeable AND helpful. He cared for me like I've been his patient for years and helped me save money on a purchase of crutches! 30 dollars off! Between the high quality of care and high quality of treatment, I would definitely recommend Dr Saper to anyone!
Excellent, highly recommended. X-rays, consultation took about 30 minutes. Diagnosed me right away, fixed me up and I was out of there.
I was extremely pleased. They were,very efficient and made me,feel welcome and not rushed. My opinions,and thoughts mattered in the process.
He was very informative, interested and descriptive of all the positive and negative aspects of my injury. I was treated with great respect and will definitely recommend Dr. Saper if need be.
Dr. Saper and his staff were so caring and patient. I highly recommend the office.
Dr. Saper and the rest of his staff were very polite and informative.
Dr Saper was fantastic. There was no wait time. X-rays were taken right in the office. Dr Saper took the time to explain everything in detail and various treatment options allowing me to make an informed decision that was right for me.
From the front desk staff, to Dr. Saper himself, I was really impressed with my initial visit and consultation. My x-rays were super quick, and I didn't have to wait at all before Dr. Saper came in to check me out. He was really thorough, and made me a drawing of the problem he was seeing on my x-rays to help me understand. He was totally down to earth and had an excellent bedside manner, sitting down in the patient/guest chair across from me a couple of times and taking time to explain all the treatment options and where he recommended we start. Looking forward to my follow up this week to go over my MRI results!
Dr Saper is very knowledgeable and really took the time to explain my injury and recovery process to me. He has a wonderful bedside manner and makes you feel comfortable from the minute he walks in the room. I highly recommend Dr Saper and am glad that I found such a great specialist!
Very thorough discussion, sat to answer questions, discussed potential treatment plans, etc. Very personable and thorough.
Dr. Saper is very kind and professional. He was very thorough in explaining my X-Rays and what would be needed to deal with my issue, including recovery time. I appreciated his candor and efficiency. My appointment including wait time and Xrays was under an hour. The facility is nice, just north of Lincoln Square easily accessed by the Western bus and plenty of parking. . There are doctors rooms, XRay rooms as well as a physical therapy room/gym.
Dr. Saper was completely focused and interested in making sure he understood my concerns, before trying to answer my questions. This is crucial in the search for a doctor in the midst of a health crisis. I have such appreciation for him and his entire staff. Every team member of this practice has their patients' comfort as a priority, and they each work together to make a new visit as smooth as possible.
Dr. Super is the best!!!! Gave me a thorough exam, XRay. Very patient and informative - the whole staff were very professional. I would definitely recommend Dr. Super to everyone!!!!
Dr. Saper was very attentive and listened to my issues. I would definitely see him again.
Dr. Saper and his staff have been incredible from the beginning. I had X-rays, an MRI, knee surgery and physical therapy with his office. They are incredibly efficient, kind and timely with everything. I highly recommend Dr. Saper and his staff!
I lucked out in my search for an ortho. I went with Dr. Saper based on his education and reviews. He has a fantastic bedside manner. He seems genuinely concerned with the patient and I would highly recommend him.
I had appointment with Dr. Saper, and he diagnosed a minor fracture of my right thumb after performing an x-Ray. It was a general consultation, nothing special. He provided me a wrist support band, and told to wear it for 3 weeks. However, 1 month after i've got a bill from my insurance saying that Dr. Saper performed a surgery during that consultation. As their billing department explained me later, they are always using this charge code if doctor diagnoses a fracture. I don't think it's a normal practice to do so.
Needed to see Dr. right away. They squeezed me in. Took my symptoms seriously. Treated me thoroughly. Very satisfied.
Dr. Saper was knowledgeable and courteous, and helped me put together the next steps in treatment for my knee issues. Loved the convenience of being able to book the appt via Zocdoc.
Dr. Saper is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and thorough. Also, the office staff is very friendly. Highly recommended!
A bit of wait time, but I'm a new patient so all the forms and what not. A bit of wait is to be expected in such instances. All the staff was really friendly and falling over themselves to help you. Dr Saper was very pleasant listened well and described patient plans and diagnoses in a very professional manner. Impressed with service and staff and will return.