In this medical video learn about a relatively new revolutionary shoulder reconstruction technique helped to reverse this trend for Meyewski. Called "Reverse Shoulder Surgery,"
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Jennifer Matthews: A nice walk on a brisk day is nothing for Fritzie Richardson, even though she is almost 90! Helen "Fritzie" Richardson: I've exercised pretty much all my life. I swam, I've ridden bicycles, I walked, everything. Jennifer Matthews: She has been swimming for 82 years, but for the past two, a bad shoulder has kept her in the shallow end. Helen "Fritzie" Richardson: It was making me very depressed, when I couldn't do my back stroke, which means arm over head and down, that really bothered me. Jennifer Matthews: Fritzie had a severely damaged rotator cuff caused by years of wear and tear and arthritis. Dr. Anand Murthi says standard surgery was not an option. Dr. Anand Murthi: When you don't have a rotator cuff, then you have nothing to compress the ball against the socket. Jennifer Matthews: So Dr. Murthi tried something new, a reverse shoulder replacement. Dr. Anand Murthi: This shoulder replacement is based on using your deltoid muscle, which is the outer muscle on your shoulder, and it replaces the rotator cuff tendons. Jennifer Matthews: This is what a standard replacement looks like, if you reverse it. Dr. Anand Murthi: This is actually the part that goes down your arm bone, and this is the part that actually gets screwed into your socket. Jennifer Matthews: The deltoid muscle raises the bone up and makes the shoulder functional again. Dr. Anand Murthi: It's actually miraculous the kind of results that these patients will get. Jennifer Matthews: Three months after Fritzie's surgery, she was back in the pool swimming her beloved back-stroke. Helen "Fritzie" Richardson: No pain. Life today is good. Jennifer Matthews: And Fritzie says she plans on swimming right through the next decade of her life. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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