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STANDARD SHOULDER REPLACEMENTS AREN’T FOR EVERYONE. WE’RE ONE OF THE FEW PROGRAMS IN NEW YORK CITY THAT DOES THEM IN REVERSE, TOO.

Our fellowship-trained surgeons offer the most comprehensive treatment options to patients with shoulder and upper extremity problems.

We do our best to treat our patients without surgery through the use of anti-inflammatory oral medications, topical analgesic ointments, steroid (cortisone) injections and physical therapy.

But for some, surgery is still the best solution to keep their lives moving forward. We’re doing more for some patients by also performing a surgical procedure in reverse.

Reverse shoulder replacement is a newer procedure that many shoulder surgeons don’t offer.

In a standard shoulder replacement procedure, a metal ball is placed at the end of the long bone of the arm (humerus) and a plastic implant is inserted in the socket of the shoulder blade.

If the surrounding muscles are badly damaged we reverse the locations of the replacement ball and socket. Healthier muscles can then be used to power and position the arm. Thus, the patient is afforded the potential for use of the arm and hand in the overhead position while this would have been impossible preoperatively or with other operative procedures.

LESS-INVASIVE TREATMENTS FOR FASTER, MORE EFFECTIVE HEALING

LESS-INVASIVE TREATMENTS FOR FASTER, MORE EFFECTIVE HEALING

Identifying and performing less-invasive treatments continue to be a top priority for our team.

Our surgeons use an innovative approach to fracture surgery that minimizes post-operative stiffness and the disruption of the soft tissues. It also lowers the risk of the death of bone tissue.

Small incisions are made around the bone allowing the surgeon to reduce the fracture and return the bone to its correct position. Then pins, rather than the standard plates and screws, are used to help the healing process.

With our focus on less-invasive treatments we’re doing more to shorten patient recovery times and minimize complications.

HELPING SHOULDERS FIND THEIR PLACE

It’s not always a collision, fall or awkward movement that dislocates a shoulder. Some shoulders are naturally unstable and pop out of place frequently.

Rather than open shoulder surgery, we often recommend less-invasive, arthroscopic instability repair. For other patients with eroded shoulder sockets due to multiple dislocations, we perform the Latarjet procedure, named after the French physician who pioneered it.

In this procedure a piece of bone from another part of the shoulder is attached to the front of the shoulder socket. The bone then acts as a barrier keeping the shoulder from slipping out of the socket, while the muscles transferred with the bone provide greater joint stability.


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