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3D Planning and Computer Navigation in Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement is a highly effective procedure for alleviating chronic shoulder pain and improving joint function. Not all shoulder replacements are created equal, however. The success of the surgery and your postoperative experience can depend on the surgeon’s expertise and the technology utilized prior to and during the procedure. Dr. Obermeyer is committed to providing the highest level of care, and therefore in many patients has incorporated 3D planning and navigation into his shoulder replacements, all based on your precise anatomical information from a CT scan.

This novel technology utilizes advanced computer algorithms and high-resolution imaging to create a detailed 3D model of your shoulder. This allows Dr. Obermeyer to visualize the unique features of your anatomy, customize the surgical approach, and precisely place the artificial implants. This allows enhanced surgical precision, minimizes the risk of complications, and may lead to improved outcomes(1).

During an office consultation, you will meet with and discuss features of the replacement with Dr. Obermeyer prior to your CT scan, which provides the comprehensive view of your shoulder necessary for the computer software. Then Dr. Obermeyer will create a surgical plan unique to your individual anatomy that can be executed at the time of surgery.

Your shoulder anatomy is as unique as you are, and a one-size-fits-all approach to a surgery such as a replacement may not yield optimal results. Do not settle for anything less than the most advanced, cutting-edge technology when it comes to your health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Obermeyer today and learn more about how 3D planning and navigation can transform your total shoulder replacement experience.


  1. Twomey-Kozak J, Hurley E, Levin J, Anakwenze O, Klifto C. Technological Innovations in Shoulder Replacement: Current Concepts and the Future of Robotics in Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2023 May 30:S1058-2746(23)00417-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2023.04.022. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37263482.
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Dr. Thomas Obermeyer

  • 15+ years of training and experience treating complex shoulder and sports medicine conditions
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