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“Signature” Custom Fit Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement

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Custom Fit Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

by Dr. Richard Bartholomew

Dr. Bartholomew is excited to announce the introduction of the personalized ‘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 Dr. 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

‘Signature’ Shoulder

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 to your anatomy, they are for approval by Dr. Bartholomew. After approval, the shoulder is sent to the company, and a 3D printer is used to make the custom shoulder blocks.

Schedule a Custom Fit Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery consultation with our shoulder expert, Dr. Bartholomew.  Call Bone and Joint Specialists at (248) 673-0500.


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Dr. Richard Bartholomew, orthopedic surgeon, is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his training in Orthopedic Surgery at St. John Oakland Hospital where he served as chief resident. Dr. Bartholomew is currently an associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Michigan State University and associate director of the orthopedic residency program. Dr. Bartholomew has lectured extensively on reconstructive techniques and has had several articles published. He is a shoulder specialist and knee specialist focusing on joint replacement and reconstruction, including minimally invasive procedures, and arthroscopic surgery.
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