There are important factors to consider when choosing your first implant.
The first implant for your shoulder should be:
- Bone and tissue preserving
- Thin, strong and sized to match
- Shaped specifically to you and
- Minimal risk
Many traditional shoulder replacements require a large stem to be inserted into the bone of your arm (humerus) to provide fixation for the metal ball joint that becomes your new head. To date, more than 6000 patients have been treated with the Arthrosurface resurfacing shoulder system, which doesn’t use a stem and its success demonstrates that a stem is not necessary to address the many different shoulder problems patients have.
HemiCAP shoulder resurfacing has many advantages because it preserves the bone in your shoulder and avoids possible complications from shaft insertion. The procedure preserves your healthy cartilage and allows your joint to function more naturally. HemiCAP implants are thin to minimize the amount of tissue removed and their strength exceeds traditional implants since they are precision milled from pure, high-tech orthopaedic metal. HemiCAP implants come in over 40 different shapes and sizes from very small to very large and provide a custom fit for your shoulder. When compared to traditional stemmed shoulder replacement, HemiCAP resurfacing minimizes the risk of intraoperative blood loss and possible blood transfusions which are relatively common for stemmed procedures (about 25%). The average surgical time for HemiCAP resurfacing is usually shortened significantly reducing the risk of intraoperative complications. In a growing number of cases patients can have this done as a day surgery procedure, thereby avoiding a hospital stay.
When you are young and active, the goal is to preserve your future surgical options and not to burn a bridge. With the HemiCAP implant, patients can receive a traditional shoulder replacement in the future if a secondary implant surgery would become necessary.
While results differ from patient to patient, many activities such as golfing, tennis, climbing, weightlifting are very restricted or impossible to do following stemmed shoulder replacement. Arthrosurface patients on the other hand typically enjoy a return to a high level of function and satisfaction. See their stories here.
Ask your doctor if you may be a candidate for HemiCAP resurfacing or look for a surgeon near you!