Louie Simmons is a champion powerlifter and owner of Westside Barbell, a private elite training facility in Columbus, Ohio. In February of 1973, he was ranked as the #1 powerlifter in the world and is currently one of two powerlifters over the age of 50 to squat 920 pounds, bench 600 pounds and deadlift 722 pounds. Louie has trained many professional athletes and worked as a strength consultant for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, in addition to numerous college football teams.
Throughout many years of heavy weightlifting, the cartilage in Louie’s shoulder began deteriorating causing intense pain. He saw several surgeons who all said he would need a total shoulder replacement. As a Senior Powerlifting Champion, Louie knew thata total shoulder replacement would drastically compromise his weightlifting career and that wasn’t an option. Louie eventually heard about an alternative solution to a total joint, the Arthrosurface Shoulder HemiCAP®. This implant consists of a cap and screw, which restores only the damaged area of the joint without removing excessive bone and tissue; similar to a cavity filling.With the HemiCAP® as an option, Louie learned he could return to powerlifting without limitations or pain.
After suffering with shoulder pain for over 10 years, Louie finally decided to have the HemiCAP® surgery. Post surgery, Louie reported that the pain dissolved in a matter of weeks and he was able to bench-press 300lbs only three months after the operation. “I am back to full time lifting and working out. Without my surgeon and this technology from Arthrosurface, I would have had to stop doing what I love the most – lifting and training athletes to get powerful and strong.” Almost 10 years later, Louie is still pain free and says that he has not had any problems with the Arthrosurface HemiCAP® implant.
Arthrosurface® Inc. was organized in 2001 to develop new ways to treat cartilage damage using minimally invasive technology. There are more than 50,000 patients who have received HemiCAP® implants which are available in a variety of sizes and curvatures for the shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and toes. In multi-center studies, patients reported outstanding pain relief, rapid recovery times and significant improvements in their range of motion. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and may allow patients to resume full activity without restrictions.
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