The shoulder is a complex joint that is vital to the performance of many daily activities. Therefore, a shoulder injury warrants specialist care. Widely considered to be an expert among experts, Christopher C. Schmidt, M.D., is a board-certified orthopaedic shoulder surgeon who practices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Schmidt treats all types of shoulder conditions, including arthritis and rotator cuff tears. One of his specialties is shoulder replacement surgery, including both total shoulder (glenohumeral joint) replacement and reverse shoulder arthroplasty.
Types of Shoulder Surgery
In addition to shoulder replacement surgery, Dr. Schmidt performs the following types of shoulder surgery:
Arthroscopic rotator cuff tear repair
Irreparable rotator cuff tear surgery
Arthroscopic superior capsular reconstruction
Arthroscopic superior labral tear from anterior to posterior (SLAP tear) repair
Arthroscopic shoulder instability repair
Arthroscopic biceps tenodesis
Arthroscopic frozen shoulder release
Tendon transfers (pectoralis, latissimus, and trapezium)
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint stabilization
Nerve damage repair
Each year, Dr. Schmidt completes 140 to 160 shoulder replacements, which is a very high volume in comparison to the average of 4 procedures per year for orthopedic surgeons in the United States. As a result, he has acquired highly refined surgical skills and earned the respect of his peers, many of whom regard him as one of the best shoulder surgeons in the nation and regularly send him complex case referrals.
Additionally, Dr. Schmidt was awarded one of the “Best Doctors in America, Best Doctor List” for 2019-2020. He also was one of the American Shoulder Elbow Surgeon (ASES) representatives during the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee for Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears. The committee developed evidence-based guidelines for determining best practices for shoulder rotator cuff care. In acknowledgment of his outstanding clinical investigative work in the field of rotator cuff surgery, Dr. Schmidt was nominated for the prestigious Charles S. Neer Award.
In addition to extensive skills and experience, Dr. Schmidt has a warm and friendly demeanor, and his patients have named him one of Pennsylvania’s Favorite Physicians (Patients’ Choice).
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