Over 20 years ago the first Shoulder Resurfacing was launched in the UK. Last week, Dr. Anthony Miniaci, from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, made a trip back to where it all began to present advancements in shoulder resurfacing at the Warwick Orthopaedic Sports & Shoulder Surgery Meeting at the University in Coventry, UK.
One of the topics presented was Shoulder Instability and Bone Loss. When the shoulder is dislocated during a trauma it can cause a divot or indentation on the back of the humeral head resulting in bone loss. If sufficiently large enough, the bone loss can cause chronic engagement (catching) or dislocation which will seriously affect normal shoulder function. This type of damage is called a Hillsachs lesion. Previously, surgeons repaired these by over tightening the shoulder so the divot could not catch on the edge of the bone. More recently, they grafted bone into the damaged area to fill the void. Over tightening is not ideal as it can lead to arthritis. Bone grafting can be difficult, expensive and in some cases the graft may not heal properly causing complications. Dr. Miniaci, a leading bone graft surgeon, showed the surgeons a new technique where the void is filled with a small HemiCAP implant. The Shoulder HemiCAP fills the void, removes MINIMAL bone, preserves the natural anatomy of the shoulder and virtually eliminates the potential healing problems associated with grafting.
Later that same day, Dr. Miniaci presented on Shoulder Resurfacing for Early to Late Stage Arthritis in Active Patients. This new Ovo HemiCAP Shoulder Resurfacing system was designed to improve on an old idea by matching the bone anatomy of the patient on both sides of the joint. This includes the head (ball) and the glenoid (socket). Previous devices were all designed with spherical heads and large plastic sockets that sat too proud, neither of which could reproduce native anatomy. With the new Ovo Head and Glenoid, native anatomy is restored. Not only will these younger patients become more active, but future surgeries will not be compromised because it preserves more bone and tissue. Two decades later an old idea becomes better! It is very fitting that the improvement is presented at the same place where it all began!
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