Meet The Best Shoulder Replacement surgeon in chicago
An anatomic total shoulder replacement is designed for patients that have arthritis in the shoulder as well as normal, functioning rotator cuff. Dr. Drake’s goal is not only to eliminate pain but restore motion and get his patients back to normal activities.
His resume is impressive: He has performed 100’s of successful total shoulder replacements, won the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon’s prestigious Neer Award, graduated the summa cum laude, and has written for major medical journals such as The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. With Dr. Drake, you’ll learn what it means to have the best shoulder replacement surgeon in Chicago and the Chicagoland area on your team.
Indications You Are Shoulder Replacement Candidate
If you match these indications, you may benefit from a full shoulder replacement:
- Intense shoulder pain with loss of strength and range of motion, causing seemingly simple tasks around the house to be difficult.
- Non surgical or conservative measures have failed to provide pain relief. Treatments such as physical therapy, injections, medications, and alternative methods have failed to give a long lasting solution.
- Non-smoker. Smoking increases the chances of post-surgical complications. It’s advised you quit smoking pre-surgery for best results.
- Committed to post-surgical rehabilitation. Shoulder replacement is a timely investment that requires patients to attend physical therapy. Carelessness may lead to further complications, stalling the healing process.
- Healthy nerves. Nerves are vital to recovery. Significant spinal, shoulder, arm, or hand nerve damage may make you ineligible for shoulder replacement.
- A healthy rotator cuff is a must!
Total Shoulder Replacement (Shoulder Arthroplasty) Surgery Overview
Total shoulder replacement surgery consists of 6 simple, but yet complex steps:
1. The interval between the deltoid and pectoralis muscle is used so that soft tissue injury is spared. The surgery takes place between the muscles, instead of through a muscle.
2. The rotator cuff tendon in the front of the shoulder is carefully incised in order to gain access to the arthritic joint.
3. The bone spurs on the ball and socket are carefully removed.
4. After preparing the arthritic surfaces, a new ball and socket are placed.
5. The rotator cuff in the front of the shoulder is carefully repaired.
6. The joint is cleaned, and the skin is carefully repaired using a cosmetic type closure.
The surgery typically lasts 1 hour.
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Dr. Drake prides himself in being one of the best shoulder replacement surgeons in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. His goal is to improve the quality of life for each of his patients. He is meticulous in his preparation, has over 15 years of experience in shoulder replacement surgery, and because of this has been able to gain valuable experience and skill while performing shoulder reconstructions.