In this medical video learn about a new surgery that allows patients to be as active as they want after shoulder surgery.
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Jennifer Mathews: Brian Hogan took a kayaking 10 years ago, only to give it up when arthritis in both shoulders made it too painful. Brain Hogan: Would have been worth it. I would haven't been able to be out here on this beautiful day in this beautiful weather because, it would hurt too much. Jennifer Mathews: But look at him now with standard shoulder replacement surgery, this wouldn't be possible. Instead Brian had a new surgery. Recovery takes about a year or longer, but the procedure has its benefits. Fredrick Matsen III: They can kayak, they can golf, they can shoot the bow and arrow, they can shoot a shotgun, they can chop wood, they can do a pretty much everything they want. Jennifer Mathews: With standard shoulder replacements, doctors use a metal ball and plastic socket. The surgery has a high success rate, but it's not designed for vigorous activity. Too much movement can wear out and lose in the artificial socket. With the surgery, instead of replacing the socket, doctors grind it to make a smooth surface to match the metal ball. It's less likely to wear because the body's natural healing process lets the socket adapt to movement. Fredrick Matsen III: In a sense the patient customizes the joint replacement by the way they use their arm. Brian Hogan: Here it's done because I don't have to think is that activity going to be worth the pain, its going to cause me. I don't go through that mental process. Jennifer Mathews: Instead he enjoys being as active as he wants. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.