Building a better shoulder

Jonathan Bravman, MD planned and completed Don Schiel’s shoulder replacement surgery with new technology and maximum precision
May 18, 2015


Don Schiel was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 20 years ago and has lived with debilitating joint pain for the last decade. He worked telecommunications jobs in Boulder and Westminster until six years ago, when the pain disabled him. Today, Schiel no longer feels the wrath of RA in his left shoulder, thanks to a total shoulder replacement performed at University of Colorado Hospital by orthopedic surgeon Jonathan Bravman, MD. Bravman planned and completed Schiel’s surgery with new technology designed to improve the chances of nestling the components of Schiel’s new shoulder joint with maximum precision.

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