Dr. Phillip Ludkowski, MD

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Age 61
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Dr. Phillip Ludkowski, MD
Dr. Phillip Ludkowski was born and raised in Chicagoland. He attended college on an Athletic Scholarship for Soccer. His Orthopaedic training took place at the prestigious University of Texas Parkland Memorial Hospital followed by Fellowship training at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, England. Dr. Ludkowski was drawn to the practice of medicine by his interest in science and his desire to help people. He learned to use tools at a young age from his father a Carpenter/Craftsman. This experience combined with an Athletic background made Orthopaedic Surgery a natural choice of specialty for him. Conservative, non-surgical treatment is emphasized and surgery recommended when other options of treatment have failed or offer only a low chance of success.

1300 E Central Rd

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Contact Information

(847) 870-6100

Dr. Phillip Ludkowski, MD

Dr. Phillip Ludkowski, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellPoint

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Ludkowski provides high quality, experienced and compassionate care for Orthopaedic problems concerning the musculo-skeletal system with special emphasis on Knee and Hip Disorders.
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Dr. Ludkowski's Experience

Dr. Ludkowski's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Rehabilitation Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


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  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Rockford College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1978
  • Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • University Texas Sw Parkland Memorial Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • University Texas Sw Parkland Memorial Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, England
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Ludkowski's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ludkowski to family and friends
based on 45 total reviews (23 with comments)
Dr. Ludkowski Says:

Many of my patients have extremely complex Orthopaedic Reconstructive problems which may require extra time to evaluate appropriately, diagnose, and then formulate a Treatment Plan with shared decision making and understanding.  Rest assured that adequate time for each patient will be allocated to perform this properly.  

Dr. Ludkowski's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (23)
in Rolling Meadows, IL |
In June of 2017 Dr Ludkowski performed a total replacement of my left hip. The surgery went very well as did my rehab process. I had 2 weeks at home PT and 6 weeks PT at IBJI. I recuperated quickly and thoroughly with little discomfort. I also felt well prepared for surgery with all the appointments and presurgical info given through the surgeons office. I would highly recommend Dr Ludkowski. He is excellent!!
in Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 |
A great surgeon, very knowledgeable, spends ample time with his patients.
in Arlington Heights, IL |
Dr. Ludkowski is a highly skilled and gifted surgeon who cares about the well-being of his patients. I recently had a total hip replacement. My surgery and my recovery surpassed my every expectation. I never experienced any pain, and left the hospital taking only over-the-counter Tylenol for any soreness. Now after three months, there is not a thing that I cannot do!!! Dr. Ludkowski gave me back my lifestyle, and I am forever grateful for his professionalism and dedication to his field.
Arlington Heights, IL |
I recently had bilateral knee replacements. I had been suffering from chronic knee pain for the last year and a half. I went through 5 other doctors before Dr. Ludkowski confirmed I had no choice but to do both knees at the same time. The surgery was a success without any complications. Recovery is going ahead of schedule, (do everything they tell you in therapy and then some). I have a new lease on life. I would do it over again in a heartbeat. Thank you Doctor.
in Mount Prospect, IL |
Dr Ludkowski is an excellent orthopedic surgeon. He has great bedside manner which is what I always look for in a doctor. He will explain the situation to you as necessary. I have had two total knee replacements and two total hip replacements performed by him. Both have given me my ability back to walk again. Some nurses who have taken care of me in my home have said that he has very precise incisions when he performs his surgical routines. I have to agree with them.
in Palatine, IL |
Detailed information on my condition, options in treatment, extensive pre-op education and planning. Given information regarding rehab, home PT and outpatient PT. Exceptional post-op care, pain management, ambulation and discharged to rehab in 4 days. No complications and pain meds minimal and then none after first few days in rehab. Worked with PT for my excellent outcome. I have recommended him to numerous friends and family.
Arlington Heights, IL |
I was very happy with Dr. Ludkowski performing my total hip replacement surgery. He was patient and thorough in explaining the surgery and my role in the recovery process. I never felt rushed with him. He always asked if I had any questions.
Arlington Hts., IL |
Dr. Ludkowski has performed two knee replacements for me and both procedures were excellent. I have talked to many of his patients and they all say he is the best. One person calls him the "Rock star" of surgeons.
Park Hills, MO |
Dr. Ludkowski is an excellent surgeon. I did have a complication after my surgery with the muscle behind my new hip. I was told to see a pain management specialist which brought no relief. I tried to schedule another appointment to assess my problem but can't get an appointment and no return calls. Very disappointing.
Schaumburg, IL |
I have been Dr. Ludkowski's patient for many years. He has operated on my right knee two times. He has replaced both of my hips. I have always found him to be open to answer my questions, sympathetic to my pain, and up-to-date with solutions and treatments. I have recommended him many times, and those people, too, have been highly satisfied.
in Barrington, IL |
Dr. Ludkowski is the best in every respect. Scheduling patients for aftercare should be vastly improved to reduce patient waiting time.
in Lake Zurich, IL |
He scoped my knee twice to repair tears and also did a hip replacement for me. I highly recommend him.
Mount Prospect, IL |
Great orthopedic surgeon. Clearly listens and spends appropriate time with each patient. He's extremely busy but then again one of the best in knee replacement surgery in the NW suburbs. Be prepared to wait in his AH office as he does spend time with each patient.
in Barrington, IL |
My experience with Dr. Lukdowski was very good. I think he is gifted at what he does and I found him very willing to explain things and answer my questions. My experience with the Arlington Heights office was another story. My wait times were at least 2 hours past the scheduled appointment time and there was never an explanation. Go to his Lake Zurich office!! The outcome of the surgery and the skill of Dr. Ludkowski in achieving the best outcome are more important than the office issues.
Had excellent results from my surgery which was a double knee replacement. Dr. Ludkowski explained everything in easy to understand terms. I was very confident and comfortable with him and the results that were achieved
in Palatine, il |
All that I can say about Dr Ludkowski is, thank you. My hip pain is gone after he performed a total hip replacement. Now 3 months later I am recovered and looking forward to the golf season and doing my own yard work again. Dr Ludkowski explained the entire procedure and recovery period during my first visit with him. I experienced no pain after the operation and did not need pain pills. He is honest and enjoyable to talk to during my post operative visits. I would definitely recommend him.
Arlington Heights, IL |
Dr. Ludkowski is a kind, compassionate and absolutely amazing doctor. Last year, I had total knee replacement surgery on both knees. One in March and the other in November. Dr. Ludkowski took the time to answer all of my questions and address my concerns. So many people recommended Dr. Ludkowski to me. The one phrase I constantly heard was, "He's the best!", and I completely agree. I spent years in pain, unable to participate in activities because of my knees. Dr. Ludkowski gave me back my life.
in Hoffman Estates, IL |
Have had very positive experiences with both knees - ten years apart. Walking good as new in 6 weeks. Have recommended him to several friends and they were pleased also. Waiting is sometimes bothersome, but I guess if I could just walk in off the street that wouldn't be a good sign!
in Arlington Heights, IL |
After 30+ years of bone on bone discomfort, I had both knees replaced in 2016. Dr. Ludkowski's skill and techniques made both procedures pain and stress free. I feel much better today. I appreciated the time Dr. Ludkowski spent with me both pre and post-op to explain what was going on and to monitor my recovery. I highly recommend him.
Lake Zurich, IL |
I was very disappointed in Dr. Ludkowski. He did not listen to my history. Office wait time was very long. He appeared to be rushed, and spent very little time evaluating me. I would not recommend him.
in Buffalo Grove, IL |
Dr. Ludkowski explained the procedure thoroughly, as well as any complications that may arise. I felt the information he provided helped me make an informed decision. I had one in knee replacement in February 2016 and the second in September 2016. The surgeries have changed my life, I now walk without pain or assistance.
in Arlington Heights, IL |
This was my second appt with Dr. Ludkowski at Lake Zurich. Appt was for 8:40 AM. No other patiants waiting when we arrived. There was no one waiting at 8:50 when we were taken to an exam room. My wife asked twice when we would see the doctor, who we could hear with other patients. Each time she was told soon. By 10:15 we we left without seeing dr or anyone else. The office staff was not surprised that we were leaving or never saw the dr. No one did anything to resolve this situation So we left.
in Buffalo Grove IL |
Dr.Lukowski performed the total knee replacement surgery on my both knee at the Northwest Community Hospital. The first one was in 2014, and the second one was April 20 this year. Both surgeries were so successful! Now I don't take pain medication, I'm walking normally. I don't know how to describe how lucky I am to have Dr.Ludkowski sa my surgeon! I would recommend Dr.Ludkowski to my family and my friends if they ever need the knee surgery. Thank you
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Dr. Ludkowski accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
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Northwest Community Hospital
800 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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