Success Stories

Donated Humeral Head Transplant

Dr. Daniel Zanotti performed a pioneering shoulder replacement on Sandra McPherson who suffers from early onset arthritis. Since Sandra is young, a traditional shoulder replacement was not an ideal option, as replacements in young, active people tend to wear out between 10 and 15 years. Repeated replacement is not a good option since each replacement involves bone loss until eventually there is not enough bone left to support the implant.

So, Dr. Zanotti suggested a pioneering solution — a humeral head from a deceased organ donor could grant Sandra continued, long-term use of her shoulder.

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