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New technology helps surgeon build a better shoulder

Jonathan Bravman, MD

AURORA, Colorado |  May 7, 2015

Don Schiel was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 20 years ago and has lived with debilitating joint pain for the last decade. He worked telecommunications jobs in Boulder and Westminster until six years ago, when the pain disabled him.

"Every joint hurts, from the jaw down," said Schiel, 47, of Westminster. "There is never a day without pain, but you learn to live with it."

But Schiel discovered his pain threshold late last summer. His arthritic left shoulder was in such bad shape that lifting his hand to his mouth to stifle a yawn sent him into spasms of agony. If he simply tried to stretch his left arm, the shoulder easily popped out of joint. The RA had so damaged the tendons and cartilage, he said, that he could slide the shoulder back in place without much effort. Then he went back to another cycle of pain.

Today, the left shoulder is one place Schiel no longer feels the wrath of RA, thanks to a total shoulder replacement performed at University of Colorado Hospital by orthopedic surgeon Jonathan Bravman, MD. Bravman planned and completed Schiel's surgery with new technology designed to improve the chances of nestling the components of Schiel’s new shoulder joint with maximum precision.

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University of Colorado Department of Orthopedics
Anschutz Medical Campus, Academic Office 1
12631 E. 17th Avenue, Mailstop B202, Aurora, CO 80045  |  |  303.724.9166

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