Has your Doctor told you that you need shoulder replacement surgery?

January 11, 2013

shoulder implant surgery

Arthrosurface Stemless Total Shoulder

shoulder implants

Traditional Stemmed Total Shoulder Replacement

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!

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10 responses to “Has your Doctor told you that you need shoulder replacement surgery?”

  1. Julio Alonso says:

    Good morning. I’ve been told I need a shoulder replacement however I’m very into weight lifting. i just discovered that this might be a possible solution for me. I’m 45 years young and still run the ball per say. I eagerly look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you for your time and attention.

  2. STEVE MOLLOHAN says:

    I am very active 55 year old man who was a competitive weight lifter and athlete. I have had shoulder pain for quite a few years – since about the age of 45. I was examined by an Osteopath and was told I was at end stage arthritis about 2 years ago. The pain wasn’t enough then to make me move forward with surgery, but it is now. The surgeon did xrays and an MRI and told me my rotator cuff was intact and in good shape – Am I a candidate for this procedure, and what kind of outcome could I expect? I still weight train, and very much want to continue that activity.

  3. Dennis says:

    My fiancé is an active 59 year old who, unfortunately, is in need of shoulder surgery. In looking for an alternative to stemmed total shoulder replacement, we discovered the arthrosurface stemless total shoulder system and are very interested by it. Surgeons that are very experienced in performing this surgery seem to be located 1000’s of miles away. We are in central/southern California and wonder if it is possible to find a surgeon who is VERY experienced with this surgery who is not 1000’s of miles from home.

  4. Stefanie Gallagher says:

    My husband has been an athlete all his life and now has been told he needs a shoulder replacement. He’s only 60 and would like to continue with our active lifestyle, playing tennis and lifting weights. Are there any surgeons in our area using this new stemless shoulder?

  5. Bill says:

    I am a very active 63 year old man. I like to play golf,fish and lift weights. I was examined by an Osteopath and was told I have arthritis and need a shoulder replacement about 2 years ago. The pain wasn’t enough then to make me move forward with surgery, but it is now. Am I a candidate for this procedure, and what kind of outcome could I expect? I still weight train, and very much want to continue with that activity. I would like a name of a surgeon in the 02878 area code that has a lot of experience and is highly recommended

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