The “Himchan” Center at Sharjah University Hospital uses the latest techniques in shoulder joint replacement surgery

Emirates-Sharjah – October 27, 2022 – Himchan Joint and Spine Center at Sharjah University Hospital has announced the provision of Complete Shoulder Replacement Surgery with modern technology in the United Arab Emirates.

Total shoulder replacement, also known as total shoulder arthroplasty, is a highly effective surgical procedure for relieving severe shoulder pain and helping to restore mobility, strength and shoulder function. the shoulder. More than 95% of patients who have undergone this surgery do not suffer from pain after it. Most can also return to participating in their usual activities and light sports.

Dr. Seong Joon Park, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at Himchan Center – for Joints and Spine – with 25 years of medical experience, recommended total shoulder replacement surgery to relieve arthritis pain that usually occurs due to fractures, rheumatic diseases and torn tendons. Noting that if non-surgical treatments such as medication and physiotherapy are no longer helpful in relieving pain, then; Joint replacement is a good option to consider.

He added: “The human shoulder is a kneecap and a handle. The rounded head (ball) of the humerus fits into the shallow socket of the shoulder, and the soft cartilage covering the bones of the shoulder allows the bones to slide comfortably against each other. When these cartilaginous surfaces degenerate or disintegrate, bone comes into direct contact, increasing friction and making bone-to-bone movement extremely painful. During a shoulder replacement, damaged areas of the shoulder joint are removed and replaced with artificial parts for completely normal shoulder movement.

He continued: “The technique of shoulder replacement surgery is very complex. It must be performed by an experienced and highly qualified surgical team. The surgeon will need to carefully assess the patient’s condition and discuss the appropriate type of replacement, as shoulder implants come in different shapes and sizes, and the surgeon replaces the damaged joint with a polished metal ball. It rolls in its smooth bowl.

Park explained, “Instead of using artificial pieces that resemble the natural shape of the shoulder joint, it is better to use a new type that can be attached backwards to the bones of the arm and of the shoulder to prevent slipping again and reduce potential side effects. . This technology is recommended for people who have completely torn tendons with acute arm muscle weakness or unsuccessful traditional shoulder replacement surgery. With this technique we also avoid the restriction of arm movements after surgery as patients often cannot fully lift their arms which means they have difficulty which can affect daily tasks and life activities like combing hair or washing face or eating with cutlery. In these cases, the inverted design gives more stability as it allows the patient to use the strong deltoid muscle instead of the rotator cuff to lift the arm, and it is recommended for patients with a partial rotator cuff tear prevent shoulder movement.

He went on to say, “Most patients stay in the hospital for three to five days after surgery, and physical therapy begins one day after, the patient also begins to move their fingers, wrist, and elbow, and can start some shoulder movements the next day. surgery, they can officially return to work 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. They may need an additional 2-3 weeks if their job requires physical exertion.

He added, “We are proud of the scientific benchmark work, which has increased patient confidence in the Himchan Center internationally and in the UAE in particular. Every patient who underwent shoulder replacement surgery at the University Hospital Himchan Center is very satisfied and enjoying a normal life again. Physiotherapists specialized in post-surgical treatments are available to achieve the best result after surgery. Therefore, the Himchan team at Sharjah University Hospital constantly strives to improve the quality of life of every patient. They provide excellent medical care to elderly patients who can easily develop shoulder arthritis as well as younger patients with acute shoulder diseases and injuries. »

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