What are Biologic Shoulder Replacement Options?
Chondral injuries of the glenohumeral joint are quite common and well tolerated in many patients, but young, active patients may suffer from pain and decreased range of motion in some cases. The glenohumeral joint is a ball and socket joint found within the shoulder and is formed by the connection of the humerus (upper arm bone) head and the cup-like structure of the scapula (shoulder blade). The glenohumeral joint typically functions with a wide range of motion. When the articular surfaces of the joint become damaged, patients often experience pain and loss of motion with the development of glenohumeral arthritis. Many cases of glenohumeral arthritis are treated with an arthroplasty (replacement) procedure, but that is not an appropriate treatment option for young patients with a limited extent of glenoid arthritis. Because of this, Dr. Matthew Provencher, Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado area orthopedic shoulder surgeon, helped pioneer arthroscopic shoulder surgery techniques designed to provide an alternative treatment option for glenoid arthritis.
A total shoulder replacement (arthroplasty) has always provided orthopedic surgeons with a predictable result in terms of pain relief and function associated with glenohumeral arthritis. However, symptomatic cartilage injuries in young patients create a challenge since traditional shoulder replacement surgery is not ideal in a younger age group.
Dr. Provencher and a team of leading orthopedic surgeons developed novel arthroscopic shoulder surgery techniques designed to be a shoulder replacement alternative. Dr. Provencher will determine the correct minimally invasive treatment based on the patient’s age, activity level, extent of injury and occupation.