Shouldering the pain:
Joint replacement innovation puts local firefighter back to work
by Lucinda Breeding
Denton Record Chronicle

As a firefighter, Brian Shackelford has to be able to lift both objects and people.This includes his heavy firefighter gear and transporting people when doing EMS work.He went to Dr. Ian Wilkofsky of Orthopedic Associates in Flower Mound, Texas who suggested a shoulder replacement.In May 2016, Shackelford underwent a new surgery called a stemless shoulder replacement.This both helped relieve his chronic pain and keep him at his job.

“Before I got the surgery done, I had gotten to the point where it was hurting all the time,” Shackelford said.“A deep aching.To me it felt like the pain was on the inside of my bone.… It got to where doing anything would increase the pain.It was really limiting me on my job.”

Shackelford was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory arthritis that typically affects the spine and the large joints.

“The anatomic replacement is, ‘I’m just going to put this back how God made it,’” Wilkofsky said.“The reverse total shoulder replacement, that’s a newer implant to the United States.It’s a technology that we started using when you’d go in to replace the joint and find that the patients didn’t have much of a rotator cuff.”

Much smaller than its predecessor, the stemless joint is an egg-shaped, coated titanium object with ridges on it — Wilkofsky describes them as “fins” — that are reminiscent of a Phillips screwdriver head.The ridges are coated with a special material.

No long rod has to be inserted down into the bone to keep the new joint in place.The stemless joints are less invasive, and involve less bone.

“I’m glad I did it,” Shackelford said.“It isn’t the easiest recovery in the world, but it’s not the worst either.But it got me back to work, and it was worth it.”

Brian was implanted with the SIMPLICITI™ Stemless Shoulder Replacement in May 2016.

The opinions of Brian Shackelford and Dr. Ian Wilkofsky are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

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Local doctor talks about less invasive form of shoulder replacement
The Leader

After years of renovating houses and working on a farm, Tommie’s shoulder had worn out, causing her to struggle to do household chores or to write on the board in her classroom.She received injections to help the pain, but they lasted only a short time, leading her to seek a long-term solution.

Tommie went to see Dr. Ian Wilkofsky of Orthopedic Associates in Flower Mound, Texas, who recommended she receive the SIMPLICITI Shoulder System.He explained it is a less painful option than traditional shoulder replacements for those with severe arthritis or shoulder pain, and Tommie decided to undergo the procedure.

Dr. Wilkofsky highlighted how advancements in shoulder replacement surgery involve less pain and a quicker recovery.He explained that traditional shoulder surgery used a stem that went halfway down the arm, unlike SIMPLICITI, which only sits at the top of the humerus or arm.Dr. Wilkofsky said patients can resume certain activities like playing golf and lifting weights by three months after the surgery.

Only three days after Tommie underwent the canal-sparing shoulder arthroplasty procedure, she no longer needed pain medication.After a 12-week recovery period, she no longer had any limitations, and now only experiences muscle soreness from physical therapy.She is glad the new surgery is available.

The opinions of Tommie and Dr. Ian Wilkofsky are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

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レイクウッド・センチネル(Lakewood Sentinel)


最終的には痛みに対処することができなくなり、彼女が好きだった活動を続けられなくなってしまいました。そして、シートベルトを締めるといった日常の行動にも支障をきたすようになり、「Western Orthopedics」のアルモディオス・ハツィダキス医師の診察を受けたのです。医師からSIMPLICITI™ Shoulder System(SIMPLICITI™肩システム)による人工肩関節置換術を受けるよう勧められたネリーは、いくつか質問に答えてもらった後、先に進む決意を固めました。


ネリー・スパークスの意見は彼女独自のものであり、必ずしもWright Medicalの意見を反映したものではありません。

NBC 4 Washington

ジョン・ボウリング(メリーランド州ハリウッド)は、ひどい肩の痛みに何年も苦しんでいました。そして2015年、農場経営者としての日常活動にも支障が出始めたのです。痛みが増し、身支度を整えるといったような簡単な活動もできなくなってしまったとき、妻はジョンのためにピーター・ジョンストン医師(Southern Maryland Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center)の診察を受ける予約をしました。



ジョンストン医師とジョン・ボウリングの意見は同氏独自のものであり、必ずしもWright Medicalの意見を反映したものではありません。

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