New Shoulder Replacement Technology Available at RVO

Shoulder pain is a common complaint bringing patients to a physician’s office.  Inability to sleep at night due to shoulder pain can alter your mood and enjoyment in life’s activities.  Only 50 years ago, patients were told that no viable treatments could help.  Fortunately, dramatic advances in surgical care have been achieved since then. 

One of the most common causes of shoulder pain in the baby boomers is shoulder arthritis.  Much like knee or hip arthritis, the condition comes with a genetic predisposition along with advancing age.  Current science cannot prevent progression of the disease.  Although many “conservative” treatments are available, such as anti-inflammatory medications and injections, eventually arthritis can overcome attempts at controlling its symptoms.  More and more simple daily activities can become burdens.  Simply washing your hair or reaching for a coffee mug can be difficult and painful.  Enjoyable recreational activities and hobbies are abandoned because they are simply too painful.  When this happens, joint replacement can have far reaching consequences.

Shoulder replacement, when performed by an experienced team, is highly predictable for restoring both comfort and function to an arthritic shoulder.  It has proven to be one of the top 3 interventions in all of health care in terms of the improvement in quality of life.  One of the keys to its success is appropriate positioning of the implant.  A high volume surgeon, such one who performs at least 30 replacements per year, more reliably accomplishes this positioning.  Dr. Lenters performs 180-200 replacements per year.

He recently was invited to participate in a global symposium in Munich, Germany to discuss some exciting advances in the field.  He was part of an exclusive group of surgeons investigating new technology to increase the accuracy of proper positioning of the implant.  As part of this group, he will soon be one of very few centers in the country with access to a device to significantly better the precision of implant placement.  Known as PSI (patient specific instrumentation), this technology adds no cost to the procedure, but may prove to lead to improved function and longevity of a replacement.

So if shoulder pain has brought you down, come and talk with Dr. Lenters at RVO to see if you might be candidate for this ground breaking technology.