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Orthopedic Joint Center of Northern California Offers New Technique in Shoulder Surgery that Allows Patients to Recover More Quickly

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 16, 2009

Contact: Anthony Stahl
Director HR/Marketing
Howard Memorial Hospital
(707)-456-3101

Willits - The OJC at HMH is implementing new, pain-reducing shoulder surgery techniques in order to reduce pain, suffering and disability.

- The OJC at HMH is implementing new, pain-reducing shoulder surgery techniques in order to reduce pain, suffering and disability.

Technologies have advanced significantly over the past few years in joint replacements as well as fracture repairs. In addition to designing minimally invasive joint replacement implants and techniques, Stephen Gunther, MD and William Bowen, MD have designed less intrusive implants for fractures of the clavicle and radius that allow patients to recover more quickly from surgery.

In a highly publicized cycling accident, Lance Armstrong severely fractured his clavicle. He flew from Europe to Texas to receive a standard treatment, where a long plate with 12 separate screws is placed in the clavicle. Similar surgeries performed in Willits practice new treatments using a flexible rod inside the bone through much smaller incisions, minimizing soft tissue trauma and allowing a quicker recovery.

In most geographic areas, these services are offered only at large university hospitals. In fact, Dr. Gunther directed the shoulder and elbow services at UCSF in San Francisco for four years, and continues to teach on a national level. Dr. Bowen teaches at UC Davis and Loma Linda University. The surgeons at the OJC are leaders in innovation and patient care.

The OJC specializes in world class joint replacement, including hip replacement, knee replacement, elbow replacement, spine surgery, fracture care, and sports medicine. Shoulder services include custom implants for severe arthritis and reverse ball implants for rotator cuff deficient shoulders.

The OJC's goal is to make every patient feel cared for as if they were staying in their own home. HMH is a friendly, hometown environment and serves the population of multiple northern California communities, as well as hosting patients from other states and countries.