If you’re struggling with osteoarthritis in your shoulders, arthroscopic biologic total shoulder resurfacing is a revolutionary surgical procedure that could help. This technique is a new, innovative way of carrying out shoulder resurfacing, and Thomas Joseph Kovack, DO, in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the few surgeons capable of carrying out these state-of-the-art procedures. Dr. Kovack is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder, elbow, and knee surgery, using advanced, minimally invasive techniques to provide optimal outcomes for patients. Call Dr. Kovack today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Arthroscopic biologic total shoulder resurfacing is a form of shoulder surgery that Dr. Kovak uses to treat patients who have shoulder osteoarthritis. This revolutionary technique uses an osteochondral allograft, which is tissue from a donor bank, instead of artificial materials.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes pain and stiffness in the joints. It typically worsens over time as the cartilage on the ends of your bones continues to wear away. Conservative approaches to treating arthritis can be effective at first, but joint deterioration can reach a stage where replacing the affected cartilage is the best option.
The most suitable candidates for arthroscopic biologic total shoulder resurfacing are under 50, physically active, and have shoulders that are still reasonably flexible despite the arthritis.
Shoulder resurfacing procedures traditionally replace the surface of the end of your humerus (upper arm bone) with a metallic cap. With arthroscopic biologic total shoulder resurfacing, Dr. Kovack uses an osteochondral allograft from a donor bank that’s size-matched to each patient.
Using an osteochondral allograft means Dr. Kovack can carry out the entire procedure arthroscopically. An arthroscope is an instrument that has a miniaturized camera on the end and a light. Dr. Kovack passes the arthroscope through a small incision in your shoulder measuring about one-third of an inch. Using the images sent back from the camera, he can prepare your shoulder joint and attach the graft without needing to make any large incisions.
Using arthroscopy means Dr. Kovack doesn’t need to cut the rotator cuff, a network of muscles and tendons that keeps the shoulder joint secure. Furthermore, he only needs to remove a minimal quantity of your bone, which means that if you do need a revision or total shoulder replacement in the future, it’s easier to carry out.
There are several significant advantages to arthroscopic biologic total shoulder resurfacing compared with using metal or plastic caps.
It’s a minimally invasive form of surgery that you can undergo on an outpatient basis, so you have a far quicker recovery time and less discomfort.
Your rehabilitation after surgery takes far less time, as well. You start on physical therapy the day after surgery, and patients find they can quickly return to activities they haven’t been capable of for years.
Using osteochondral allografts rather than metal or plastic caps provides a better match to your tissues and gives you improved function compared with artificial materials.
Dr. Kovack is one of the few surgeons offering this innovative surgery, which has only been available for the past couple of years. If you think arthroscopic biologic total shoulder resurfacing could help with your shoulder problem, call Thomas Joseph Kovack, DO, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.