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Stemless shoulder replacement speeds up recovery, improves mobility

Stemless shoulder replacement speeds up recovery, improves mobility

Doctors are using a new, less invasive form of surgery to replace injured shoulders. The stemless shoulder replacement works particularly well in younger patients whose bones may not be as worn as those of older people. Dr. Anand M. Murthi, chief of shoulder and elbow surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, talks about the differences between stemless and traditional shoulder replacement surgeries.

What is a stemless shoulder replacement, and how does it differ from traditional shoulder replacement?

During traditional shoulder replacement, I have to "core," or ream, about halfway down the humeral [bone] shaft and insert a rod or stem. The...

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