When you need an orthopaedic surgeon, it makes sense to go to Birmingham’s best orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Herrick J. Siegel. He is a Board certified orthopaedist and oncologist who has performed over 8,000 total joint procedures and has over 13 years of experience with some of the most complex reconstructions in the United States. He is at the helm of a talented and compassionate staff who make everyone feel like family. At Siegel Orthopaedic Surgery, our goal is to provide you with expert orthopaedic care using the latest technological and innovative procedures in a warm and welcoming environment. We are committed to working closely with you, as partners, to educate you about your condition and the health care choices that are available to you. We recognize that informed patients are happy patients.
For any shoulder problems you may have, Birmingham’s best orthopaedic surgeon uses minimally invasive arthroscopy for many of rotator cuff and joint instability conditions. This procedure allows for a more accurate diagnosis and repair with minimal post-operative discomfort or scarring. The shoulder replacement surgery, while an open surgical procedure, uses block anesthesia which keeps patients very comfortable and needing little or no pain medication.
Every year, thousands of shoulder replacements are performed in the United States to help alleviate pain and restore arm and muscle function. For patients who have arthritis with an intact rotator cuff or a small reparable rotator cuff tear, the standard shoulder replacement surgery works well, but for patients with severe shoulder arthritis, who have rotator cuffs torn beyond repair, the standard surgery isn’t always beneficial. A major portion of the rotator cuff is needed to function properly with a standard replacement. With a massive rotator cuff tear, this is not possible since there is nearly complete loss of the function of the rotator cuff. However, these patients now have a new option for shoulder replacement surgery. This procedure, called reverse total shoulder replacement, makes better use of the large triangular deltoid muscle covering the shoulder joint and the new technology was specifically designed for use in patients with non-functional rotator cuffs and arthritis, but who still have a good, functioning deltoid muscle. Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty is a unique surgical solution for patients with pain and dysfunction from advanced glenohumeral joint arthritis associated with severe rotator cuff deficiency. In the normal shoulder, the rotator cuff and deltoid muscles work together to elevate the arm. However, with massive rotator cuff tears and advanced degenerative joint disease, the normal mechanics of the shoulder are disrupted, making arm elevation difficult if not impossible. The reverse shoulder prosthesis corrects this by providing a fixed fulcrum for the shoulder joint that allows the patient to use the deltoid muscle instead of the torn rotator cuff to lift the arm. Let Birmingham’s best orthopaedic surgeon evaluate your shoulder condition and provide you with the appropriate treatment.