Tidelands Health introduces advanced technology for shoulder replacements

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Published on April 08, 2019

Tidelands Health introduces advanced technology for shoulder replacements

Tidelands Health is introducing advanced technology that offers surgeons real-time digital guidance as they perform shoulder replacements.

Individuals who seek shoulder replacements through Tidelands Health Orthopedics, which offers care in Georgetown, Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach, can now benefit from ExactechGPS Guided Personalized Surgery. The technology provides physicians with advanced new tools they can use to plan and complete shoulder replacements.Dr. William Greer

“This technology helps ensure shoulder implants are placed in the optimal position for each patient,” said Dr. William Greer, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon with Tidelands Health Orthopedics. “It allows us to better account for each individual’s unique bone structure and anatomy.”

The technology uses a CT scan taken before surgery to create a 3-D anatomical model of a patient’s shoulder.

Using the ExactechGPS system, surgeons can use the model to plan cases in advance through a virtual simulation, then execute their plans using real-time guidance and data provided through the technology.

“ExactechGPS provides a visual map and information we can use to more precisely complete each shoulder replacement,” said Dr. Greer, a member of the Tidelands Health board of trustees. “Our goal is to help ensure the best possible outcome for each patient.”

The new technology will be used in concert with the Equinoxe Shoulder System, a shoulder implant foundation successfully used across the country for more than 10 years.

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