New Rotator Cuff Sparing Shoulder Replacement Surgery Find a Location Find a Doctor Total Joint Center Department Phone Numbers Total Knee Frequently Asked Questions Pre-op Post-op Information for Caregivers Total Hip Frequently Asked Questions Pre-op Post-op Information for Caregivers Patient Success Stories Total Shoulder Rotator Cuff Sparing Method Frequently Asked Questions Pre-op Post-op Total Ankle Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers Have you been putting off shoulder replacement? Don’t like the idea of spending weeks with your shoulder in a sling or losing valuable time at work? St. Elizabeth Healthcare is the first in the world to offer a revolutionary, new shoulder replacement surgery that allows you to heal much faster and with less pain than you might experience with other techniques. The Rotator Cuff Sparing Method for Total Shoulder Replacement was developed by Dr. Michael Greiwe, an Orthopaedic Surgeon with Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers, practicing at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Instead of “taking down” the front rotator cuff as doctors do in regular shoulder replacements, Dr. Greiwe developed a novel way to access your shoulder joint from the back, rather than the front. This posterior approach eliminates the need to cut muscles or tendons in the rotator cuff, greatly reducing your pain and recovery time. Potential candidates for Rotator Cuff Sparing Shoulder Replacement If you have trouble moving your arm due to severe arthritis in your shoulder joint, you may be a good candidate for the new Rotator Cuff Sparing Method for Total Shoulder Replacement. Typically, symptoms include: Pain. An inability to move the arm. A sensation of grinding inside the shoulder. An ache in the shoulder that radiates down the arm. Decreased ability to bathe, reach, lift, perform household chores, or pick up children. Decreased ability to play sports, such as golf, tennis, or anything that involves throwing a ball. Understanding traditional replacement surgery With a standard total shoulder replacement the surgeon first makes an incision in the front of the shoulder. To gain access to the diseased ball and socket joint, the doctor must peel off one of the rotator cuff attachments and pull it out of the way. Dr. Greiwe likens it to “opening the front door in order to get to the back room of a house.” Because the surgeon cuts muscles or tendons in the rotator cuff, the patient must endure rehab and recovery from a tendon repair, as well as a replacement of the diseased ball and socket joint. The new Rotator Cuff Sparing Shoulder Replacement – How it works With his new technique, the surgeon accesses your shoulder joint from the back, rather than the front. Using specially designed instruments, he separates the fibers in the back rotator cuff and peers inside, almost like opening window curtains. He then replaces the old, arthritic ball and socket with new, artificial implants. By approaching your shoulder joint from the back, he can see and replace the old ball and socket without cutting your rotator cuff. It’s less painful. Recovery is faster. Benefits of New Rotator Cuff Sparing Method vs. regular shoulder replacement: Significantly less pain after surgery. Reduced time on prescription pain medication (a week or less versus three months). Quicker return to work and family obligations. Shorter physical therapy and rehabilitation period. Faster total recovery time (three months versus six to nine months). Learn more or make an appointment To find out more about the new Rotator Cuff Sparing Method for Total Shoulder Replacement and whether this method is best for your shoulder, please call Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers at (859) 301-2663 (BONE), or click here to request an appointment.