FMH-qualified orthopaedic surgeon - Shoulder specialist

Arthroscopic surgery: rotator cuff repair, shoulder stabilisation and shoulder prosthesis

Shoulder traumas, fractures and sports injuries

Consultation and surgical procedures

Management of pain and shoulder injuries

By Dr Steve Brenn, FMH-qualified surgeon in Lausanne

Shoulder problems due to degenerative diseases

Treatment for diseases of the joints or ligaments

Shoulder prosthesis

Treating problems of omarthrosis (shoulder osteoarthritis)

Definition and indications

A shoulder prosthesis is indicated with primary or secondary shoulder osteo-arthritis (with damage to the rotator cuff). It also helps to treat certain fractures.
There are anatomical prostheses and reversed prostheses - the choice is made depending on well-defined criteria.


                         Reversed prosthesis - Steve Brenn - Lausanne       Anatomical prosthesis - Steve Brenn - Lausanne

        Reversed shoulder prosthesis        Anatomical shoulder prosthesis



Patients are hospitalised the day before the operation.
The operation is carried out with interscalene catheter placement, more or less under general anaesthesia.
The procedure lasts around 2h and is done with open surgery.

On the first post-operative day, patients start the programme of physiotherapy twice daily.
The interscalene catheter will be gradually removed.

The hospital stay is 3 nights / 4 days.

On returning home:
Change of dressings twice a week at the surgery of the treating physician or at the outpatient clinic.
Outpatient physiotherapy twice a week.
Removal of surgical staples 21 days after the operation at the surgery of the treating physician or at the outpatient clinic.
Next check-up at Dr Steve Brenn's surgery is 6 weeks postoperatively.


The main aim is to relieve the pain and improve shoulder function.

Surgical risk

Infection: less than 1-2%
Stiffness: gentle physiotherapy or cessation of physiotherapy helps treatment.


                           Reversed prosthesis - Steve Brenn - LausanneReversed prosthesis - Steve Brenn - Lausanne


Practical information

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