You’re active and you want to stay that way. But there may come a time when shoulder pain keeps you from doing the things you love. If you suffer from arthritis or you’ve had a shoulder injury, you may not know what your options are. Good news! There is an innovative procedure to consider.
Arthrosurface shoulder repair is a terrific alternative to total shoulder replacement. You probably suffer shoulder pain because the cartilage in your joint has worn down, which reduces some of the cushion between your bones. Your humeral head (the rounded part of your shoulder joint) can begin grating against your glenoid (the curved area the head fits into).
In total shoulder replacement surgery, your surgeon would likely remove the entire humeral head and replace it with an artificial insert. However, with the Arthrosurface procedure, you keep your original joint and it is “patched” with an implant that matches the natural contour of your joint and protects the remaining cartilage.
The procedure is less invasive than joint replacement, a surgery that is often not tolerated well by young, active patients. It removes all of the shoulder cartilage and a significant amount of bone. And while total joint replacement can place limits on the amount of weight a person can lift, resurfacing does not.
Dr. Steven Gorin of the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics in Aventura has had great success with this Arthrosurface procedure, and he recommends it for a number of his patients. It is especially effective for people with mild to moderate arthritis and no wear on their glenoids.
One of his success stories is Christopher Russo, president of MPower Project Fitness in Miami Shores. Russo is athletic and fit, so when shoulder pain started to get in the way, he looked for a solution. He found his answer at Dr. Gorin’s office.
Since having the procedure in July 2010, Russo has eliminated his pain. He reports that his recovery was fairly quick—he wore a sling for just two weeks and completed three months of physical therapy. During that time, he took Advil occasionally but never required the use of prescription painkillers. Now he has great range of motion and is back to lifting weights. “You can live with pain or not—it’s just a choice you make,” Russo says.
The procedure takes only about 45 to 60 minutes, and it’s done in an outpatient setting. Afterward, rehabilitation is a key component for regaining strength and restoring flexibility. Watch this video to learn more:
Dr. Gorin appreciates that active people want to continue to play tennis, go to the gym, hit the golf course, or do whatever makes them happy. The Arthrosurface technique can help patients maintain that quality of life. “We stay healthy mentally when we can do what we want to do,” Gorin explains.
If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, get checked out, Dr. Gorin advises. A simple x-ray will help your doctor determine what the trouble is. Research all your options and never hesitate to get a second opinion.
To learn more about the Arthrosurface Shoulder Resurfacing, contact Dr. Gorin at the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics. You can also visit the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. A simple phone call could be the first step in ending your pain.