Published on September 17, 2020

Man holding his shoulder.

New technology enhances precision during shoulder replacement

Shoulder pain and immobility can be caused by an injury or accident, or by a degenerative condition like arthritis. People don’t have to live with shoulder pain or lack of mobility that interferes with sports, daily living and comfort.

Orthopedic surgeons can remove the damaged portion of the shoulder and replace it during a shoulder replacement surgery, reducing or eliminating pain and enhancing range of motion.

The ProHealth Orthopedic Care team uses an advanced navigation and positioning system for total shoulder replacements. The procedures are performed using guided personalized surgery technology.

With this advanced navigation system, surgeons can create a plan prior to surgery and then apply that plan with high precision. It can be used for standard, reverse and stemless shoulder replacements.

The anatomy of the shoulder socket is difficult to predict. It is covered by muscles and lies deep within the body. Guided personalized surgery uses a CT scan of a patient’s shoulder to create a 3D model prior to surgery.

Surgeons can magnify the virtual model and view it from various angles, trying different implant options and positions to ensure the best fit for each patient. In the operating room, a special monitor and instruments guide the surgeon and ensure that the prosthesis is placed according to the plan.

With this leading-edge technology, surgeons have greater knowledge of a patient’s anatomy before they enter the operating room, and then benefit from real-time visual guidance and alignment during surgery. It pairs the surgeon’s expertise and an advanced computer system, offering better outcomes for patients.