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“All the nurses were wonderful. They controlled my pain so well. What stood out the most was there was absolutely no pain in the procedure. It’s amazing to be able to move again.”

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Your shoulders are the most flexible joints in your body. A healthy shoulder has a range of motion that includes forward and backward movements, up and down, and a circular rotating movement. Such abilities lead to the increased risk of injury, either in sport or activity, related to a fall or accident, or over time with consistent use. Altru Advanced Orthopedics offers treatment for the many different injuries that can occur to the bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles that make up your shoulder.

Common Shoulder Injuries

  • Fractures
  • Tears
  • Dislocation
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis or Tendinitis

Treatment Options

Altru Advanced Orthopedics provides surgical and non-surgical treatments for injuries and conditions of the shoulder. Depending on the severity of your injury and the extent of your mobility restrictions, your provider will recommend a treatment plan that fits your needs. This could mean physical therapy, stabilization or limiting use of the shoulder. If your injuries are more severe, or if you are at risk to re-injure your shoulder, surgery might be the best option for you. Surgical options available include:

  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Open Surgery
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Joint Reconstruction

Signature System Approach to Shoulder Replacement

No two bodies are identical, so no two shoulder replacements should be, either. If you’re considering shoulder replacement, you want a shoulder that’s the best fit for you and provides the confidence that it will withstand your active lifestyle.

The signature glenoid guide system offers a customized approach to shoulder replacement. This technology allows Dr. Leetun, the first surgeon in Grand Forks to offer this advanced procedure, to plan for each patient’s shoulder replacement on an individual basis. Through image-based technology, Dr. Leetun is able to complete pre-operative planning and surgical guides based on the individual’s shoulder anatomy.

This advanced approach to shoulder replacement allows more patients to stay close to home for care. Patients who otherwise would have had to travel to a more specialized hospital can now receive the same level of care in Grand Forks at Altru Advanced Orthopedics. Beyond this, the signature system increases the chance that a replacement will last longer, as it offers less chance that it will loosen due to the customized precision of the approach.

Arthritis Care

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can cause severe damage to shoulders. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by chronic inflammation, which over time can destroy the inner lining of a joint. Osteoarthritis occurs when the surface of a joint wears thin. Both conditions can result in limited mobility and heightened pain and discomfort. Though many treatment options are offered to manage this pain, for some people surgery, and possibly replacement, is the best option.

Altru Advanced Orthopedics offers surgical solutions for arthritic conditions, including: shoulder resurfacing, shoulder replacement and arthroscopic glenohumeral treatment.

Rotator Cuff Treatment

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that surround the shoulder joint, working together to allow mobility and range of motion. This area of the shoulder is fairly susceptible to injury and wear over time. Learn about rotator cuff treatment options.

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Procedure and Recovery

All shoulder surgeries are performed at Altru Specialty Center, our specialized orthopedic hospital. With many surgical options offered for shoulder, procedures and recovery time will vary. Your provider will work with you to determine your individual procedural and recovery plan.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, schedule an appointment with Altru Advanced Orthopedics. Call us at 701.732.7700 or schedule through MyChart.

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