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Rochester Shoulder Surgeon Blends Innovative Techniques with Personalized Patient Care
Date:12/15/2008

is a conservative and more gradual approach to surgery when arthritis does not involve "the socket" as much as "the ball." It's typically done on patients with earlier stage shoulder problems and is designed to restore the normal anatomy of the joint while improving range of motion with minimal bone resection.

"I used to be in a bad mood all the time because of my shoulder discomfort," says Hiie Ratnick. "I met with Dr. Tomaino and we worked together through physical therapy, x-rays and multiple visits. We really got to know one another," said Ratnick. When we finally decided to replace my diseased shoulder joint with an implant that reproduces my natural anatomy, I was completely comfortable with the idea of surgery. I understood the resurfacing procedure, the recovery time and what the outcome would be. Dr. Tomaino is my hero," added Ratnick.

The reversed shoulder replacement is often used on patients with torn rotator cuffs due to injury, aging, overuse, or severe arthritis. Typically performed on patients with more advanced shoulder problems, this procedure is a total joint replacement and allows patients the use of their deltoid muscle to lift their arm versus their rotator cuff.

"I fell down the steps and thought it was a sprain," said Bernice Kier. "When it didn't heal and I couldn't raise my arm, I tried physical therapy, but it did not help because I had a massive, irreparable tear of my rotator cuff. The tremendous discomfort continued and after x-rays, Dr. Tomaino recommended the reversed shoulder procedure," said Kier. "This option was selected to help replace the lost function of my rotator cuff. "I'm very pleased with the result. Now, I can do anything I want without the pain."

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year nearly 14 million people seek care for shoulder problems. These sh
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