The MUSC Health shoulder and elbow team is constantly working to provide the best orthopaedic care for our community by staying up to date on the current research and leading the field with their own studies right here in Charleston,  SC. This week the team is traveling to San Diego, California for the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) to both learn and teach about the future of orthopaedic care. One area of research we are actively studying is shoulder replacement surgery as treatment for individuals with debilitating shoulder arthritis pain.

AAOS logoShoulder surgeon Dr. Richard Friedman presented a study of 238 patients to help determine the optimal design for a total shoulder replacement. In a total shoulder replacement, the socket of the “ball and socket” shoulder joint is replaced with an artificial new surface. Friedman et al. analyzed patient outcomes to conclude that a hybrid cage glenoid component results in fewer radiolucent lines and less intra-operative blood loss than the traditional cemented glenoids. Fewer radiolucent lines and less blood loss means better bone fixation and improved longevity of the shoulder replacement.

Your shoulder and elbow team prides itself on being at the forefront of orthopaedic research, as this study is just one of the many presented at the AAOS. Our number one priority is providing the best care for the greater Charleston community, so if you or a loved one has a shoulder or elbow concern be sure to make an appointment with a member of the team.