Meet Louie Simmons! He is an avid power lifter and has been a strength consultant for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, and numerous college football teams. Louie had the Arthrosurface Shoulder HemiCAP surgery when he was 56 years old and is still powerlifting at 63 years old!
“Being a former Senior Power Lifting Champion and owner of a prestigious power lifting gym, it is crucial to my work and life to be able to use my shoulder. Over the years, I have spent a lot of time dealing with different injuries but this was the worst. For the last 11 years, I have had to live everyday with pain in my shoulder. In the last few years, it got so bad that I couldn’t sleep more than a few hours at a time without being awakened by the pain. In fact, when I would drive my truck, I would have to use my left arm to change gears or even the radio station because it hurt so much to use my shoulder. I went to see several shoulder surgeons and they all told me the same thing: ‘you need a total shoulder replacement.’ For me, that meant I wouldn’t be able to lift weights again and that just wasn’t an option. Finally someone referred me to a doctor who might be able to help me. He had trained on this device called the HemiCAP implant that would just resurface my joint. Using the HemiCAP implant he was able to reconstruct my shoulder without compromising any of the muscles and tendons. Not only did the pain go away in a matter of weeks but also for the first time in over 10 years, my shoulder works and feels like normal. Given my history that is nothing short of fantastic! My pain is gone, I sleep through the night and 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 the get powerful and strong.” –Louie Simmons, 63 years old, Ohio