Mercy's Dr. Joseph Ciotola Discusses Reverse Shoulder Replacement On WBAL-TV11's "Woman's Doctor"

August 8, 2011
Mercy orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joseph Ciotola

Mercy orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joseph Ciotola

A procedure called reverse shoulder replacement is making life better for many people who have shoulder pain.

A few months ago, Sharon Row couldn't do many shoulder movements without excruciating pain, and she said it hurt all the time.

"It hurt at night when I tried to sleep. I was having trouble doing things like drying my hair and getting dressed, and it really became a quality of life issue because I couldn't do the things I wanted to do," she said.

According to Mercy Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joseph Ciotola, severe arthritis usually means that bones are rubbing on bone. It causes pain and dysfunction, which makes the reverse replacement useful.

"What this reverse shoulder replacement is really providing is a solution for which we didn't have," Dr. Ciotola said, pointing at a prosthesis that moves like a ball and socket joint. "Before, this prosthesis was a patient that had a chronic rotator cuff tear that was not repairable."

The procedure has provided good results.

"Excellent results if it's done for the right indication. It's really remarkable how well patients do," Dr. Ciotola said.

Row had her surgery April 5.

"It's incredible. The things that I couldn't do or that hurt to do before, I can do now, and there's just no pain," she said. "I'm not 100 percent yet, but I'm still working at it, and it's just been wonderful."


Dan Collins - Senior Director of Media Relations at Mercy Medical Center

Dan Collins, Senior Director of Media Relations

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Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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