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Jackson Hospital performs Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Hospital news | Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Contact: Mary Tyler Spivey

Montgomery, AL- Hussein Turki, MD, a new surgeon at Alabama Orthopaedic Specialists specializing in hand and upper extremity orthopaedics, recently performed one of the first reverse shoulder replacement surgeries in the River Region. This complex procedure is used to treat patients for conditions such as rotator cuff tear arthroplasty (arthritis with a large cuff defect), pseudoparalysis, and failures of surgery for arthritis and fracture management.

“With this type of surgery, we are basically reversing the ball and the socket,” says Turki. “The goal of this procedureis to provide a pain-free shoulder that allows for surprising improved motion in situations where traditionally we had no other good options.”

Surgeons performing this procedure are highly experienced in this area, and have undergone extensive training. While it is a very technical procedure, the surgery takes around two hours under general anesthesia.

Turki received his degree from Emory University School of Medicine, and upon graduation studied orthopedics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Turki completed his fellowship in hand and upper body extremities at the University of Chicago. He was in the Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma National Honor Society, the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa while at Emory.