Chronic shoulder pain and loss of motion can throw you off your game and interrupt life. However, new CT-guided technology is making shoulder replacements easier and more accurate for orthopaedic surgeons and shoulder surgery patients alike. As a shoulder specialist at the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, I have the opportunity to employ cutting edge technology to provide the best care for our shoulder replacement patients.
A small socket matched with a large ball makes the shoulder a particularly unique joint. This mismatch creates a delicate balance between having the most range of motion of any joint in your body while also maintaining stability. Today’s CT-guided shoulder replacement system allows surgeons to plan and perform shoulder reconstructions with greater precision than before, which we believe will lead to better patient outcomes.
More Options Available for Shoulder Surgery Patients:
The ExactechGPS® system is currently the only one of its kind for shoulder replacement. The preoperative planning tool downloads a three-dimensional CT scan of the patient’s shoulder, allowing surgeons to develop a blueprint before surgery and plan the surgery through virtual simulation. The images on the screen allow the surgeon to verify where to remove bone and appropriately place the implant. This technology is then utilized in the operating room, as trackers on our instruments provide live feedback in showing exactly where we are on the CT scan at any point in time. With intraoperative CT guidance, we can more reliably perform a surgical plan that meets the needs of a patient.
Benefits to patients
What does this mean to the patient? CT-guided procedures help personalize surgical care for each patient’s unique bone structure. In complex shoulder replacement cases, this system allows surgeons to more accurately align implants specifically for that individual. Because this system helps us plan the surgery in advance, there’s more precision in the operating room. When implants are being placed, a few millimeters can make a huge difference in motion, implant longevity, and ultimately patient happiness.
About Ian Byram, M.D.
Ian Byram, M.D., is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder, elbow and sports medicine at the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee. He is one of only a few surgeons in Tennessee to be admitted into the distinguished American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES), and one of only two members of the Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons (ACESS) in the state. He educates and trains surgeons from around the country in CT-guided shoulder replacement surgery. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (615) 791-2630.Share this Article