Joint Preservation and Cartilage Restoration Procedures for the Shoulder (CAM Procedure)
An alternative to arthroscopic surgery is joint preservation and cartilage restoration for the shoulder. In cartilage restoration, the shoulder joint tissue is, in essence, regrown or transplanted from donated tissue. For some patients, arthroscopy only provides temporary relief because of other underlying factors and damage to the cartilage. In cartilage restoration of the shoulder, the injured tissue is replaced with healthy cartilage from either the patient’s own body or a donor cadaver which biologically restores the joint. This procedure, while less common, has positive results for patients who are candidates.
After Shoulder Arthritis Surgery
Therapy may or may not begin immediately upon leaving the hospital after your shoulder replacement surgery. You will be instructed if you can do pendulum exercises on your own and you may see a therapist in the hospital for therapy. This depends on the type of surgery you have. You can use your arm from the elbow down but no active motion of the shoulder until ordered by us. We will review this with you on your first visit after surgery.