Advancements in Shoulder Replacement: Addressing Complex Shoulder Issues for Active Adults

George Sutherland, MD, a sports medicine surgeon specializing in shoulder issues at Optim Orthopedics. With my fellowship training at the Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Hughston Foundation and years of experience, I am excited to share valuable insights on revision total shoulder arthroplasty and the management of complex shoulder issues. In this blog, we will explore the factors contributing to shoulder revision surgeries, the importance of staying active, advancements in technology, and the comprehensive approach taken at our practice.

Revision Total Shoulder Arthroplasty:

Revision total shoulder arthroplasty refers to the surgical procedure performed to replace a failed or problematic shoulder replacement. There are various reasons why a revision surgery may be necessary, including poor results from a previous surgery, failing hardware, malunion, or nonunion. These issues are particularly prevalent in adults over the age of 50 who have experienced overuse injuries or have undergone unsuccessful shoulder surgeries.

Addressing Complex Shoulder Issues:

At Optim Orthopedics, we understand the unique challenges posed by complex shoulder issues. Our team of specialists is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to individuals facing shoulder problems. Whether it’s a failed shoulder replacement or an overuse injury, we combine our experience, expertise, and advanced imaging techniques to accurately diagnose the underlying issues.

Staying Active and Keeping Your Swing:

One of the primary concerns patients have when considering shoulder surgery is the impact it may have on their ability to stay active, particularly for athletes or individuals with physically demanding lifestyles. As a sports medicine surgeon, I recognize the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle and the desire to continue pursuing one’s passion, such as playing golf or other sports.

Fortunately, advancements in shoulder replacement technology have allowed for better outcomes and improved range of motion. With modern prosthetic designs and surgical techniques, we strive to restore shoulder function to the best possible level, enabling patients to continue participating in the activities they love.

Technology and Experience:

At Optim Orthopedics, we combine the latest technological advancements with our extensive experience to achieve optimal results for our patients. We stay updated with the latest research and incorporate innovative surgical techniques to enhance patient outcomes. Our team also utilizes advanced imaging techniques such as MRI and CT scans to accurately assess the condition of the shoulder joint and identify any underlying issues before proceeding with surgery.

Fellowship Trained and Focused Speciality:

As a fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon, I have dedicated my career to specializing in shoulder issues. The additional training and focused practice in shoulder surgery have allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the complexities involved in managing these conditions. This expertise enables me to provide individualized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific needs.

Comprehensive Practice with Advanced Imaging and Physical Therapy:

At Optim Orthopedics, we take a comprehensive approach to shoulder care. Our practice not only focuses on surgical intervention but also emphasizes the importance of physical therapy and rehabilitation. We believe that post-operative care is as crucial as the surgery itself, and our team works closely with physical therapists to guide patients through a tailored rehabilitation program to optimize their recovery and regain shoulder function.


Shoulder issues can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, particularly in adults over 50 years old. However, with the advancements in shoulder replacement technology and the expertise of fellowship-trained surgeons like myself, there is hope for those facing complex shoulder problems. At Optim Orthopedics, we are committed to providing comprehensive care, utilizing advanced imaging techniques, and offering personalized treatment plans to help our patients regain shoulder function and return to an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

If you are experiencing shoulder issues and reside in the Bluffton, Hilton Head, or the South Carolina Low Country area, I invite you to schedule a consultation with me at my primary office located in Bluffton, South Carolina. We are conveniently situated to serve these communities, providing easy access to specialized shoulder care.

In addition, I am pleased to announce that I am now offering consultations and appointments in Savannah, Georgia. If you are located in or near Savannah and are seeking expert shoulder care, I am available to assist you at our Savannah location.

To schedule an appointment, please call 912.644.5300 or visit our website at Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in setting up a convenient time for your visit.

Remember, addressing shoulder issues promptly and effectively is essential for restoring function and improving your overall quality of life. I look forward to meeting you and providing the personalized care you deserve.


This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalized diagnosis and treatment options.

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