Shoulder Orthopedic Services

Replacing the replacement

Dr. Robert (Sean) Churchill, of Aurora Health Care has helped to design and develop the first FDA approved stemless shoulder replacement in the United States. This advanced implant technology allows orthopedic surgeon to replace the shoulder joint, both the ball and socket, without violating the humeral bone canal. With this new technology there is less exposure time during surgery and good if not better outcomes than traditional joint replacement.


Shoulder problems can make everyday tasks difficult – even impossible. Raising your arm, throwing a ball or picking up your child may seem impossible. But we can help you find relief so you can get back to the things – and people – you love.
From southeast Wisconsin to northern cities like Green Bay, Aurora’s multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and occupational therapists treats all types of shoulder conditions resulting from disease or injury. From a simple sprain to a complex diagnosis, we are committed to helping ease your shoulder issues.

Services & Treatment

Non-surgical shoulder treatments include:

  • Cortisone injections
  • Medication
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
Surgical treatments include:

  • Rotator cuff repair surgery: This surgery helps repair damage to your rotator cuff, a group of four muscles that surround your shoulder joint. Repetitive overhead arm motions, such as swimming or throwing a baseball, cause most rotator cuff injuries. They also happen if your job puts heavy demands on your shoulders, as with construction work, or if you fall. Your surgical options depend on the extent of injury to the tendon. We can repair some rotator cuff injuries arthroscopically; others require more traditional methods of surgery.
  • Shoulder replacement surgeryDuring shoulder replacement surgery, your shoulder joint bones are replaced with artificial ball-and-socket implants. It can relieve joint pain caused by osteoarthritisrheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis or severe fractures. Many people can resume everyday activities, such as eating, dressing, and grooming, just two weeks after surgery. 
Rehabilitation is important after surgery, to ensure you have the best possible results. Our therapists will evaluate your posture, range of motion, functional movement, pain at rest and with activity, and strength. They’ll work with you to develop a personalized plan based on your specific goals. Learn about Aurora's orthopedic rehabilitation services throughout Wisconsin.

Why Aurora?

Many of our orthopedic surgeons are fellowship trained, which means they have training beyond medical school and residency – with a dedicated focus on treating shoulder injuries and pain. That advanced level of training means that for even the most discouraged patients, our surgeons offer hope and expert care.

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