Innovative Treatment Options

Crystal Clinic is proud to be on the cutting-edge of the latest surgical and nonsurgical approaches. Whether our surgeons have developed a new procedure themselves or embraced the newest advancements in technology and treatments, you can always expect to receive state-of-the-art care for your condition.

Total Shoulder Replacement

If you’ve been dealing with shoulder pain that hasn’t responded to conservative, nonsurgical treatments, it may be time to consider total shoulder replacement surgery. In this procedure, the damaged parts of the shoulder (the ball or the socket, or both) are removed and replaced with artificial components.

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

There are two types of shoulder replacement surgeries: conventional and reverse total shoulder. With a conventional surgery, the artificial ball and socket replacements mimic normal shoulder anatomy; a plastic cup is fitted into the socket and a ball is attached to the arm bone. In a reverse total shoulder, the plastic socket and metal ball are switched.

Reverse total shoulder replacement is especially beneficial to anyone who has a torn rotator cuff that is too big to be fixed. Over time, if this is not addressed properly, a severe type of arthritis, called cuff tear arthropathy, can develop. This procedure is also effective for those who have suffered shoulder fractures or have failed previous shoulder surgeries.

At the Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center, our volume of total shoulder replacements most hospitals across the country. We have a great team and are one of only three hospitals in Ohio recognized by the Joint Commission for our excellence in Total Shoulder surgery. 

Minimally Invasive Surgery (Arthroscopy)

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that utilizes an arthroscope, which is a small tube-like instrument with a camera that allows surgeons to inspect or operate on the interior of a joint. Arthroscopy can treat many conditions such as arthritis, rotator cuff tears, recurrent shoulder dislocations and impingements. The benefits of arthroscopy include smaller incisions, quicker healing, faster recovery and less scarring.

Elbow Replacements

While you may be familiar with hip, knee, and shoulder replacement, did you also know that it’s possible to have an elbow replaced? Your Crystal Clinic surgeon may recommend this if you have severe arthritis or an elbow fracture as it is effective in relieving joint pain. In this surgery, the damaged parts of the ulna and humerus are replaced with metal and plastic components. 

Shoulder Navigation System

Some of the same technology that helps you navigate while driving can help a surgeon improve the placement and outcomes of a total shoulder surgery. Shoulder surgeons here at Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center are using this technology to improve their patients’ shoulder replacement surgery.

Your Crystal Clinic surgeon may recommend using this approach rather than traditional shoulder replacement surgery. This navigation system technology helps a surgeon better understand a patient’s anatomy prior to surgery. Essentially, a surgeon can do a “virtual” shoulder replacement on a patient before actually operating. To begin, the patient obtains a specific CT scan of their shoulder. From this, the software program creates a 3-D model of the scapula that helps the surgeon replace your shoulder.

Not every patient considering a total shoulder or a reverse total shoulder needs to use this technology. Patients who may benefit the most from GPS planning are those whose glenoid (the socket) is extremely small or whose bone has been excessively or asymmetrically eroded from severe arthritis or previous fracture.