At Mellano Orthopedics in Torrance shoulder replacement is performed to reduce shoulder pain and restore mobility to those with advanced cases of shoulder arthritis. It may also be performed to repair a severe shoulder fracture in some cases. Most patients report a 95% reduction in pain one year after this minimally invasive surgery. Torrance orthopedic surgeon Dr. Chris Mellano offers the latest arthroscopic shoulder surgery, using computer-assisted technology to perform the most precise joint repair and alignment possible.
More than 50 million people in the United States have some form of arthritis. When arthritis affects the shoulder, the results can be devastating. Performing everyday tasks and physically demanding activities gets more difficult and progressively more painful with each passing year. While early arthritis is treatable, severe shoulder arthritis may require a partial or total shoulder replacement. Signs of shoulder arthritis may include:
Dr. Mellano strives to provide you with the best shoulder replacement surgery Torrance & Manhattan Beach has to offer. That's why he uses computer-assisted shoulder replacement is a minimally invasive, one-day procedure that is used to diagnose and fix a range of shoulder problems related to arthritis or overuse injuries. A tiny camera is inserted into a small incision so that your Torrance orthopedic surgeon can see the damaged joint with exceptional clarity. Doing so enables careful surgical planning to repair and replace the shoulder joint, causing as little tissue trauma as possible. There is no overnight hospital stay, with patients returning to the comfort of home the same day as the procedure.
A full or partial shoulder replacement opens new doors for patients that previously suffered from joint pain in the shoulder. The surgery is designed to relieve chronic shoulder pain and restore the joint to a like-new condition. Most patients can resume playing tennis, golf, swimming, yoga, and other sports they previously avoided because of shoulder pain after having the procedure done.
Untreated arthritis progresses rapidly in some cases. Over the first two years, a significant amount of joint damage can occur in the elbow, hip, and knee, particularly with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Dr. Mellano specializes in joint reconstruction and replacement in all three areas, with the advanced level of surgical training only offered by a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon for people with advanced arthritis of the following types:
A partial shoulder replacement (hemiarthroplasty) is different from a total shoulder replacement in that only the tip of the humeral bone is replaced. The glenoid cavity in the shoulder remains untouched. Eligible patients for this one-day outpatient procedure are those that have a good deal of healthy glenoid cartilage, typically seen in younger patients that are in need of shoulder surgery. Partial shoulder replacements are considered suitable for treating avascular necrosis in many cases.
Rotator cuff repairs are among Dr. Mellano’s specialties. In this procedure, a metal ball is placed into the side socket of the shoulder, and a plastic component is placed at the tip of the humerus (upper arm) bone. When the rotator cuff cannot be repaired by other means, this surgical method proves highly effective. It may also be suggested for patients that have shoulder pain that continues, despite having had a shoulder replacement surgery in the past. A reverse shoulder replacement is one of the best shoulder replacement techniques for a rotator cuff tear with arthritis, shoulder bone deformities, and serious humerus bone fractures in the elderly.
A full shoulder replacement (arthroplasty) repairs the shoulder to like-new functionality with artificial prosthetics composed of durable, medical-grade metals or plastics. Three bones meet at the shoulder joint, including the collarbone (clavicle), upper arm bone (humerus), and the shoulder blade (scapula).
In anatomic total shoulder replacements, the tip of the humerus bone is replaced with a round metal ball. Additionally, a plastic prosthetic is placed into the humerus cavity within the shoulder, which is called the glenoid. Nearly 70,000 shoulder replacement procedures are performed in the U.S. every year. It is most often advised for patients with severe shoulder cartilage loss, arthritis, and bone spurs when the rotator cuff is still functional.
Dr. Mellano’s mission is to give his Torrance patients the freedom to keep doing the activities they love. If you are struggling with joint pain, arthritis, lack of mobility, or joint inflammation, contact Dr. Mellano for a consultation so he can help you get moving again.