Dr. Shelden Martin spoke to Sun Lakes, Arizona residents about rotator cuff disease on Nov. 1.
The Phoenix orthopedic surgeon, who treats patients in Chandler, spoke to a group of active adults at the Cottonwood Country Club at Sun Lakes.
In addition to discussing rotator cuff disease, the orthopedic surgeon also discussed the reverse total shoulder replacement he performs.
The team physician for the Arizona Rattlers, Dr. Martin will speaking throughout the Valley during the fall and winter months.
Dr. Martin’s office is located on the southeast corner of Loop 101 and Warner Road at 2905 W. Warner Road, Suite 23 in Chandler, AZ 85224.
To schedule an appointment, call (480) 685-2850.
In certain patients with shoulder arthritis, a total shoulder replacement does not suffice. Conventional total shoulder replacements are adequate for patients with shoulder arthritis, but in cases where patients have shoulder arthritis with large rotator cuff tears, known as rotator cuff tear arthropathy, a reverse total shoulder replacement is necessary.
A reverse total shoulder replacement is a revolutionary new technology that was initially developed in Europe and FDA approved in the U.S. in 2004. This device essentially switches the internal components of a traditional shoulder replacement, which consists of a metal ball attached to a metal stem that is inserted into the humerus and a plastic liner implanted into the scapula which forms the socket of the shoulder ball and socket joint. The rotator cuff tendons balance the ball against the socket during arm motion.
In patients that have large rotator cuff tears and therefore dysfunctional rotator cuff tendons, a standard shoulder replacement cannot be utilized. The reverse shoulder replacement consists of a plastic liner on top of the metal stem in the humerus, and a metal hemisphere screwed to the socket. This device relies on the deltoid muscle to compress the humerus against the hemispherical glenosphere, which acts as a fulcrum to provide arm motion.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are elderly patients who have had untreated rotator cuff tears or previous failed rotator cuff surgeries and developed arthritis, previous failed shoulder replacement surgeries, or patients that sustain severe shoulder fractures.
With appropriate postoperative physical therapy, the surgery successfully increases mobility and decreases pain.
Dr. Martin uses the latest nonoperative and surgical treatments for a wide range of shoulder, elbow, knee and sports related injuries. With the most advanced treatments, Dr. Martin is able to get you back to activity as soon as possible.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Shelden Martin today by calling (480) 685-2850.