The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that is able to rotate through
a greater range of motion than any other joint in the body. It works unnoticed
while you perform daily tasks and enjoy your favorite activities; that
is until there is pain. Chronic shoulder pain is the result of the cartilage
that cushions the bones of the shoulder softening and wearing away causing
the bones to rub against one another. As time passes, the shoulder joint
slowly becomes stiff and painful. The pain and limited range of motion
can interfere with daily tasks, restrict once loved activities and even
cause sleepless nights. When treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications,
cortisone injections or physical therapy aren’t able to improve
the condition it may be time to consider shoulder surgery. Shoulder replacement
surgery replaces the damaged part of your shoulder to mimic the natural
contours of the bones in a healthy shoulder.
Many advancements in medicine are a result of advancements in technology.
Mission Hospital orthopedic surgeons
Ari Youderian, MD and
Tom Thomas, MD are utilizing ground breaking technology that provides greater visibility
to shoulder anatomy. Always a leader in state-ofthe- art care, and an
early adapter of technology, Mission Hospital invested in ExactechGPS®
(Guided Personalized Surgery) to improve patient outcomes for shoulder
ExactechGPS pairs surgeon expertise with an advanced computer system to
perform the patient’s shoulder surgery with improved accuracy and
precision. The ExactechGPS Shoulder Application’s preoperative planning
tool is designed to help surgeons understand their patient’s anatomy
prior to surgery and plan the surgery through a virtual simulation.
Surgeons can then execute their plan in real time during the surgery based
on a 3-D anatomical model of the patient’s shoulder, making adjustments
as needed. This unique technology gives greater visibility to the shoulder
anatomy, allowing for more consistent and accurate implant placement.
Surgeons are more efficient with their time during surgery which equates
to less time in the operating room for patients.
“I was amazed by the precision and accuracy of the information that
the system provides me during surgery,” said Dr. Ari Youderian.
“Accurate implant placement means less chance of implant failure
which translates to less revisions and better patient outcomes,”
added Youderian. Better patient outcomes means getting you back faster
to the things you love to do. Learn more about the
Mission Orthopedic Institute.