Sentara pioneers stemless shoulder replacement in region
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center continues its mission to improve health every day by now offering stemless shoulder replacement. This procedure, designed to preserve the patient’s bone, saves time and reduces complications and provides surgeons with an additional option for their younger, more active patients seeking relief from osteoarthritic shoulder pain.
Dr. Cyrus Press, a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow reconstruction at the Houston Health Science Center, was the first to perform this procedure in the Northern Virginia market.
"I am excited about this new technology because it provides me an innovative new option that I can discuss with my patients who suffer from shoulder arthritis," he says. "Being able to offer my patients the ideal surgery for their specific problem gives me great satisfaction and provides the patient the best opportunity to have a successful outcome."
Patients undergoing this procedure receive pre-surgery joint replacement education sessions and group therapy sessions at the Sentara OrthoJoint Center®. An orthopedic nurse navigator, experienced in orthopedics, guides the patient through the process offering patient education and a point of contact. This procedure is done in new surgical suites which, according to Dr. Press, are state-of-the-art and well suited to perform shoulder replacements.
"We do some of the largest numbers of shoulder replacements in the Northern Virginia area," he says.
With the addition of the stemless shoulder replacement procedure, Sentara continues its commitment to serving the people of Northern Virginia by providing the latest medical advances and technologies.