Global hospitals achieves a feat by performing India’s first stemless total shoulder replacement

Varsha Shah went to Global Hospitals with a complaint of shoulder pain. She could not lift her hand and was unable perform her daily chores. Doctors, after a couple of tests, realized she was suffering from shoulder arthritis. Doctors at Global hospital decided to go ahead with stemless implant that was being used for the first time in India for stemless total shoulder replacement. The advantage of stemless implant is that it reduces the risk of damaging shoulder muscles with negligible pain

Global hospitals achieves a feat by performing India’s first stemless implant

Last month, Varsha Shah went to Global Hospitals with a complaint of shoulder pain. On the onset, it looked like a minor problem, but as her family was consulted, doctors realized that the she was experiencing this pain since past two years. While exercising, on that particular day, she couldn’t move her hand at all.

For the 67-year-old Shah, lifting her hand also caused immense pain. She could not lift her left hand at all, due to which she was unable perform her daily chores. She couldn’t bathe or perform routine hygiene activities. Sleeping too was a problem.

“I had a severe shoulder pain and was consulting a family doctor for the same. One day while exercising, I was unable to move my shoulder and immediately consulted Dr. Chintan Desai at Global Hospitals,” Shah said.

Dr. Chintan and Varsha Shah
Dr. Chintan and Varsha Shah

Chintan Desai, famous shoulder surgeon at Global Hospitals, attended to this one-off case in the last week of June this year. For two years, this woman had been suffering from immense shoulder pain. “She walked in hurriedly and complained of left shoulder pain. The doctors. she had earlier visited, had diagnosed her problem as frozen shoulder. We performed a couple of tests and finally realized that she is suffering from shoulder arthritis,” said Dr. Desai.

After diagnosing the ailment, she was suggested to undergo a shoulder implant. Generally, an implant would mean that a rod is inserted by making a cavity in the arm bone that may cause muscular mass damage in the shoulder muscle. But for the first time in India, a different kind of implant has been done.

“Bringing in the learning from the west, I decided to go ahead with stemless implant; used for the first time in India for shoulder replacement surgery. I have done about 15 such implants abroad where a button like socket is inserted. The biggest advantage of stemless implant as compared to conventional surgery is that it reduces the risk of damaging the shoulder muscles with negligible pain. This type of stemless total shoulder replacement is done in India for the first time,” added Dr. Desai.

But for Shah, the best part of this surgery was being able to perform her daily chores on her own. She can now do her work with ease, “Post-surgery, I am now able to perform my daily chores independently without any support. Also, the doctor has not prescribed any medicines, instead, I have to undergo a few sessions of physiotherapy to ensure smooth shoulder movement without any pain,” she said.

Shoulder transplant X-ray
Shoulder transplant X-ray

Doctors believe this new technology is amazing and should be implemented. “This is a new technology. Longevity and functionality of this technique seems to be quite promising. We will try to implement it in government hospitals too,” said Dr. Abhijit Kale, assistant professor, Orthopaedic department at LTGM Sion Hospital.

What was done to Shah in this implant?

The arthritic joint is removed and replaced with a metal ball and a plastic socket. The four-inch skin incision was closed using self-dissolving sutures. There were no complications in the surgery.