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Pinpoint Accuracy with 3D Imaging for Conventional and Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

26 Apr 2018

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by EmergeOrtho

In orthopedics, strength and flexibility are key—for patients, as well as for surgeons.

EmergeOrtho offers a shoulder replacement procedure that allows our doctors to use patient-specific information to choose between techniques during surgery.

As shown on the diagram above, the procedure uses three-dimensional CT imaging to create a surgical positioning guide, or bone model, based on each patient’s unique anatomy. This one-of-a-kind, patient-specific model allows the surgeon to evaluate and plan the suggested position, orientation and size of each implant. During the procedure, the surgeon can then verify each, or adjust if needed, using the device.

EmergeOrtho surgeons have selected this remarkable technology because our patients benefit tremendously from the unparalleled level of personalized care and pinpoint accuracy. Our surgeons work to achieve maximum restoration of the joint’s function, including range of motion and kinetics, so patients can return to their regular activities.

All EmergeOrtho surgeons who perform shoulder replacements are able to offer this procedure to their patients. It is especially helpful for patients whose anatomy is compromised.

What is reverse total shoulder replacement?

Conventional shoulder replacement surgery is not always a good option for patients with large rotator cuff tears who have developed significant shoulder arthritis. For these patients, a reverse shoulder replacement may yield more satisfactory results.

A reverse shoulder replacement is so named because, rather than mimicking normal anatomy with the cup-like piece fitting into the shoulder socket and the metal ball being attached to the upper arm, these fittings are reversed. This procedure is effective because the arm then becomes powered by the deltoid muscle, rather than the non-functioning rotator cuff muscles.

How do you know if you’re a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery?

If you are living with pain or limited motion in your shoulder that interferes with your ability to do the things you want or need to do, talk to an EmergeOrtho shoulder specialist about your options. Your doctor may prefer to try less invasive options at first, but if you have advanced joint disease, shoulder replacement surgery may ease or eliminate your pain and restore your lifestyle.

Richard S. Moore is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex problems of the upper extremity including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. He has extensive experience with primary and revision total and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty, elbow arthroplasty and reconstruction of the wrist and hand. He also has extensive experience in Microvascular reconstruction including free vascularized fibular grafting and peripheral nerve.

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