SHOULDER JOINT PRESERVATION
AND CARTILAGE RESTORATION
Arthritis is a degenerative joint condition that is painful, creates swelling and limits movement for millions of people in the United States. As estimated by the U.S. Center for Disease Control, at least 71 million Americans will have some form of arthritis in the next 25 years. Of the different types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is one of the most common. The debilitating symptoms occur stem from the joint deterioration that occurs in the cushioning cartilage of a joint as well as in the bone and soft tissue beneath the cartilage. Once this occurs, any movement of the joint can cause intense pain.
Dr. Frank performs the CAM (Comprehensive Arthroscopic Management) procedure that is used for the surgical treatment of advanced osteoarthritis of the shoulder. This CAM procedure was developed primarily for young, physically active patients with advanced osteoarthritis, but can also be used as an alternative to joint replacement for patients who wish to remain active and delay a full joint replacement surgery.
WHAT IS THE CAM PROCEDURE?
The CAM (Comprehensive Arthroscopic Management) procedure consists of several parts. During the procedure, Dr. Frank first removes loose pieces of cartilage and labrum within the shoulder joint. Next is the most critical part of the procedure, which is the removal of large bone spurs that are typically present in cases of osteoarthritis. Once this is done, Dr. Frank releases pressure on the axillary nerve in the shoulder to completely the procedure and thereby eradicate the common symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Since the CAM procedure utilizes various minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery techniques, advanced surgical skill is required to perform the procedure. When performed successfully, the results are remarkable; for the vast majority of cases, the procedure results in a significant reduction in pain, improved shoulder mobility, and reasonable short-term restoration of shoulder function.
Dr. Frank is fellowship trained in Sports medicine and Joint Preservation Surgery and has a particular interest in taking care of athletes. His ultimate goal is to return all patients to their prior health through extensive nonsurgical treatment as well as advanced surgical techniques when needed. Schedule your appointment with Doctor Frank today!