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Exciting new technology....among the first in the U.S.- 'Custom' Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement
New 'Custom' Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement
by Dr. Richard Bartholomew
Dr. Bartholomew is excited to announce the introduction of the all new 'Signature' Custom Fit shoulder replacement. He is among the first in the United States to offer this exciting new technology, and the only physician in Michigan performing this procedure.
This new technology is designed to fit your specific anatomy. Because each person has different anatomy, the "signature shoulder" is a Custom Fit shoulder Replacement that custom makes the instrumentation for you and only you. This is done for every individual using CT with 30 reconstructive images to directly match your anatomy (fig 1). These images are sent to the company which in turn makes a custom anatomic guide for Or. Bartholomew to use during the surgery. The shoulder replacement you receive is therefore specific for you. This, in conjunction with minimally invasive surgery, offers several advantages:
- Quicker recovery time
- Less invasive
- Greater range of motion
- Preserve more bone and ligaments
Fig. 1 Shows the computer generated model of the preoperative plan for a custom shoulder replacement. The signature guide provides anatomic placement of the shoulder prosthesis. After the computer generated images are formed and customized for your individual anatomy, they are then approved by Dr. Bartholomew. After approval, the shoulder is sent to the company and a 3D printer is used to make the custom shoulder blocks.Dr. Bartholomew treats painful shoulder conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis, calcium deposition, advanced arthritis, rotator cuff tears and frozen shoulder.
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