Shoulder replacement technology at ProHealth

January 5, 2019

WAUKESHA -- ProHealth Orthopedic Care and the surgeons of Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin are the first health care providers in Wisconsin to use an advanced navigation and positioning system for total shoulder replacements.

The procedures are performed at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and the Orthopaedic Surgery Center in Pewaukee using ExactechGPS’ guided personalized surgery technology.

According to a media release from ProHealth Care, the technology provides a three-dimensional visual map of a patient’s joint, including places surgeons cannot easily see. It can help them better understand a patient’s anatomy before entering an operating room, and can be used for standard, reverse and stemless shoulder replacements.

Prior to surgery, a CT scan of a patient’s shoulder is used to create a 3D model. The technology allows a surgeon to magnify and view the model of the shoulder from various angles on a digital screen, and try different implant options and positions to ensure the best fit and outcome for each patient.

The system essentially allows a surgeon to perform a virtual shoulder replacement and save the specifications, stated the release. Once in the operating room, a special monitor and instruments guide the surgeon.

A total of 163 shoulder replacements have been performed using the system since it was introduced in December 2017.

To learn more about the procedure, call 262-928-2745.

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