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MICHIGAN ORTHOPEDICS
As one of the top Michigan orthopedic hospitals and with nationally renowned joint care and foot and ankle programs, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland serves as a model for hospitals across the country. Our Michigan doctors specialize in everything from custom knee replacement to hip replacements to shoulder injuries and even wrist fractures.

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Richard Bartholomew, DO
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Orthopaedic Surgeon
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THE FACTS ABOUT Minimally Invasive Total Shoulder Replacement

Background

The shoulder, or the glenohumeral joint, is comprised of three bones: the shoulder blade (scapula), the collarbone (clavicle) and the upper arm bone (humerus). The shoulder is a ball and socket joint because the head of the humeral bone rests in a socket in the shoulder blade.

When the joint is healthy, movements and rotations are smooth and painless. However, repetitive motion, trauma, and arthritis can damage the joint and inhibit mobility and functionality, cause pain and severely diminish an individual’s quality of life.  If this is the case, a total shoulder replacement, or arthroplasty, may be the best solution.
   
Similar to total knee and total hip replacement, a total shoulder replacement involves removing the damaged parts of the joint and replacing them with new, artificial parts made from a combination of durable, wear-resistant plastic and metals—including stainless steel and titanium.

Total shoulder replacement surgery is usually considered after other conservative, non-surgical therapies—such as pain medications and physical therapy have failed to offer relief. Following surgery and recovery, nearly all patients experience a substantial relief of pain.

“Most patients undergo a total shoulder replacement as a result of osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint, but many consider this surgery if they have loss of motion and severe pain and stiffness as these factors can diminish a patients quality of life,” says Dr. Richard Bartholomew, D.O. a St. Joseph Mercy Oakland orthopedic surgeon.

 

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ADVANTAGES
    
Following total shoulder surgery, individuals may be able to take part in physical activities that were once painful or impossible, and regain the motion, strength and function that they had once before.  

CAUTIONS

It is important to remember that an artificial shoulder joint is not a normal shoulder joint and comes with certain limitations that your doctor will discuss with you.

Shoulder replacement surgery is generally very safe, but, as with any surgery, complications can occur. In rare circumstances, blood clots, infection and dislocation can occur.  

REFERRAL

Please contact the SJMO referral line at (800) 372-6094 for an orthopedic surgeon near you.


 

 

THE MEDICAL REPORT LIBRARY:

MICHIGAN CARDIOLOGY
 
 
Shoulder Arthritis
Matt Bahu, MD
Posted: 01/12/2009
Minimally Invasive Total Shoulder Replacement
Richard Bartholomew, DO
Posted: 07/20/2009
Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty
Richard Bartholomew, DO
Posted: 03/31/2008
Knee Arthroscopy
Andrew Ciarlone, DO
Posted: 01/19/2009
Kyphoplasty
Bruce Henderson, MD
Posted: 09/10/2007
Hip Resurfacing
Safa Kassab, MD
Posted: 08/10/2007
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