Shoulder replacement surgery now offered at RMH

By Lindsay Advocate

Dr. Guirguis in the operating room.

For those experiencing chronic pain and reduced motion in their shoulder, brushing their teeth, opening a can, and even hugging a loved one can be a challenge.

The answer for some is total shoulder replacement (shoulder arthroplasty). Ross Memorial Hospital has been approved to complete 19 shoulder arthroplasty procedures before March 31.

The first procedure took place at the Hospital on February 7, 2020, representing an important milestone for the residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes.

“People who require this surgery could have had a severe injury to the shoulder area or are experiencing pain and limited movement as a result of advanced arthritis,” says Dr. Guirguis, the surgeon who has been advocating to bring shoulder arthroplasty to the hospital.

“Previously, patients had to wait around 24 months to access this surgery in Peterborough, and because their pain interfered with their daily lives so much, they often left our area to seek out the surgery, sometimes going as far as Kingston.”

“Providing this service right in our community will help so many patients and families,” says Anne Overhoff, VP Clinical and Chief Nursing Executive. “It means that people no longer have to travel great distance, often at great expense, to get the care they need. It’s a valuable addition to our Surgical Program.”

With the right support following the surgery, patients can expect to regain most of their functioning after about six weeks. “I am most excited to help people get back to what they love doing,” says Dr. Guirguis.

“It’s not just about daily life, it’s about gardening, golfing, fishing, and picking up your grandchildren – all the things that bring you joy.” Physicians can refer patients directly to the surgical team at RMH. As the list for the procedure has just opened up, patients can receive their surgery in as little as 6 weeks. Following the 19 approved procedures, the hospital aims to offer this as a permanent part of their Surgical Program, keeping care close to home for local

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