All About the Shoulder

Our bodies can do amazing things. Unfortunately, they are prone to wear and tear, particularly our muscles, joints, and ligaments. Whether it’s due to injury or old age, many individuals will undergo a shoulder reconstructive surgery at some point in their lives.

While reconstruction is quite an invasive type of surgery, innovations in orthopaedics equipment have meant that patients can expect to experience decreased recovery time and improved rehabilitative results.

As a leading provider of orthopaedics equipment, Paragon Care is well placed to assist healthcare providers administer quality patient care.

Shoulder reconstruction: an overview

There are many reasons why a patient may require reconstructive shoulder surgery. Some may have suffered a serious injury, such as a broken bone or a torn rotator cuff. Others may be experiencing severe arthritis that is not responding to treatment.

In most cases, a physician will attempt to treat the patient via a combination of drugs and physiotherapy before reconstructive surgery takes place.

Broadly speaking, there are three different types of shoulder reconstruction:

  • Total shoulder replacement, in which the entire ball of the joint is replaced and attached to the bone, before the structure is covered with a new surface.
  • Partial shoulder replacement, in which just the ball is replaced.
  • Reverse shoulder replacement, in which the standard ball and socket joint is reversed to create a more stable structure. A reverse shoulder replacement is commonly used in situations where a previous reconstruction has failed.

Regardless of the type of reconstruction, this operation usually requires considerable rehabilitation before the patient is able to regain full use of their shoulder.

Equipment used in orthopaedic care

Orthopaedic clinicians rely on a wide range of equipment in order to diagnose and treat patients.

When conducting reconstructive surgery, a clinician will require standard surgical equipment, including forceps, clamps, drills, blades, and retractors. Many medical equipment manufacturers provide specialist procedural kits so that surgeons have everything they need on hand to conduct the procedure.

Aside from this equipment, the joint replacement structures themselves can be considered specialist devices essential to orthopedic surgeons when conducting replacement surgery. These structures are typically made of either bone, metal, plastic, or ceramic, and are carefully crafted to replicate the size and shape of the original joint.

Evolutions in healthcare technology have led to significant improvements in the process of shoulder reconstruction. Not only can replacement structures be built with increased accuracy but the development of robotic-assisted surgery has proven to be of great assistance to orthopaedic clinicians.

Paragon Care — leading orthopaedic equipment provider

Paragon Care is an industry leader in the field of orthopaedics equipment. Having spent many years working in this industry, we have developed a unique insight into the demands of orthopaedics patients and clinicians.

Our product portfolio is extensive. Beyond equipment required for shoulder, hip, and knee replacement surgery, we are proud to provide our clients with both capital and consumable products that are essential when providing orthopaedic care. Whether you require operating room products or need assistance managing infection control, Paragon Care can assist.

Our product line is complemented by our outstanding levels of customer service. With a dedicated support call centre on hand to answer all of your product and service related inquiries, we are committed to providing quality support pre, during, and post-purchase.

If you manage a healthcare facility and are looking to upgrade upon your existing orthopaedics equipment, contact Paragon Care today to discuss how we can assist you.