New Technology in Shoulder Surgery


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 replacement surgery.

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.