House Call: Shoulder Solutions

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While shoulder replacement surgery is far less common than knee or hip replacement, the number of shoulder replacement procedures performed in the U.S. is expected to multiply ten times within the next ten years.

As the population continues to age and individuals stay active longer, the need for shoulder replacement surgery continues to rise. Fortunately, there are two successful procedure options for shoulder replacement: total shoulder arthroplasty and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.

Traditional total shoulder arthroplasty is the most common procedure, which is performed on patients with functioning rotator cuff muscles.

Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty is performed on patients with joint disease and a torn rotator cuff. By reversing the original anatomy of the shoulder, the replacement can do the job of both the joint and the rotator cuff muscles.

In the past, individuals with torn rotator cuffs had very few treatment options, and often had to live with the debilitating condition. Reverse total shoulder replacement has offered a successful treatment option for these individuals, and has helped restore their quality of life. Fortunately, our community is home to Cone Health’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence, where orthopedic surgeons have been performing this surgery since 2006 with extremely gratifying results.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Kevin Supple is an orthopaedic surgeon at Greensboro Orthopaedics and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff. Dr. Supple earned his M.D. at University of Southern California School of Medicine. He served his general surgery internship and his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Jackson Memorial Medical Center of the University of Miami. Dr. Supple’s specialization is arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee, and total and reverse shoulder replacements. He is the first physician in Guilford County to receive the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.