On Wednesday, Adena Health System hosted an international surgery simulcast to Germany and sites across the United States. Dr. Brian S. Cohen, an Adena orthopaedic surgeon and chair of Adena Bone and Joint, performed the surgery where he installed a reverse shoulder implant in a 72-year old man.
Dr. Cohen is the first surgeon in the U.S. to implant the Arthrex Reverse Universe device into a patient since the implant was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 31.
Dr. Cohen, an orthopaedic surgeon, also teaches surgical orthopaedic techniques to other physicians. In addition, he contributed to the actual design of the new implant.
"When I first saw the Arthrex Reverse Universe about five years ago, there were certain things that I felt - from doing the procedure - that were missing from the implant which were essential," said Dr. Cohen. "Some of those changes have been implemented."
According to Dr. Cohen, reverse shoulder implant surgery is intended to replace the ball and socket of the rotator cuff, giving the patient better range of motion. Following reverse shoulder implant surgery, the part of the human shoulder which once held the socket now holds the ball and vice versa. By reversing the components of the shoulder, the patient’s mobility is greatly improved and most often leads to a better quality of life after surgery.
(Photos submitted via Adena)