This technological advancement allows for significant improvements in the planning and surgical accuracy of shoulder replacement surgery. The shoulder replacement is planned prior to the surgery using a virtual 3D model created by a CT scan of the patient’s shoulder. This plan is then implemented using computer guidance and navigation during the surgery, leading to very precise and accurate placement of the shoulder components.
Dr. Formaini is now performing a very promising, revolutionary procedure on patients with rotator cuff tears and rotator cuff disease. This new technology has allowed patients to recover much faster and with less pain. With a shorter rehabilitation period, patients can expect less time off of work or away from the activities they enjoy!
Dr. Formaini worked with colleagues on a study which was just recently published in the peer-reviewed orthopedic journal, Orthopedics. This study evaluated the overall effectiveness and differences in outcomes between anatomic shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement in patients greater than 80 years of age. Their data shows that both surgeries provide significant improvements in pain and overall function over the 2 years of postoperative follow-up on these patients. This paper further establishes that total shoulder replacement is a successful treatment for debilitating shoulder conditions even at advanced age.
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