Michael J. McDermott, M.D.

Dr. Michael J. McDermott is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon at Santa Rosa Orthopaedics (SRO) who specializes in sports medicine with emphasis on complex reconstruction and minimally invasive procedures of the knee and shoulder. Dr. McDermott has recently begun offering reverse total shoulder replacement surgery for eligible patients, resulting in excellent patient outcomes. Dr. McDermott is excited to bring this advanced surgical procedure to his patients in Santa Rosa.

Reverse total shoulder replacement is an alternative procedure to conventional total shoulder replacement surgery that has been gaining support from data and orthopedic surgeons in recent years. The FDA approved the procedure in 2003, and relative to conventional shoulder replacement procedures, reverse shoulder replacement surgery enables enormous long-term benefits for eligible candidates.

Patients with large rotator cuff tears can develop a type of shoulder arthritis known as “cuff tear arthropathy.” For these patients, damage to the muscle tissue holding the shoulder in place and providing a normal range of motion can no longer function properly, causing pain and a practical obstacle for conventional shoulder replacement surgery. Other reasons that a patient may be a candidate for reverse shoulder replacement include a previous, unsuccessful shoulder replacement, limited ability to raise the arm away from your side or above the head, and/or persistent shoulder pain that does not go away after nonsurgical treatment. Reverse total replacement enables experienced orthopedic surgeons like Dr. McDermott to reconstruct the mechanics of the patient’s shoulder so that the deltoid muscles compensate for the damaged rotator cuff’s compromised function, alleviating pain while simultaneously allowing for a greater range of motion than conventional shoulder replacement procedures.

“Patients with torn rotator cuffs often experience extreme levels of pain that medications and exercises alone cannot alleviate. Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair should be preferred whenever possible. When this tear becomes chronic and non-reparable, reverse total shoulder replacement offers the best solution,” Dr. McDermott explains. He continues, “Reverse shoulder replacement can bring tremendous relief for eligible patients. It brings me great satisfaction to follow my patients through their recoveries and to witness first hand their return to pain-free, active lifestyles.”

Advances in pain management, which now combine general anesthesia with regional nerve block all but eliminate post-operative pain for most patients. Break through pain can easily be managed with oral pain medication and most patients return home the day after surgery.

Physical therapy following a reverse shoulder replacement maximizes a patient’s range of motion. At SRO, Dr. McDermott co-directs the state-of-the-art, 10,000 square foot Sports Medicine Center, where expert physical therapists work in direct collaboration with their patients’ orthopedic surgeons. This integrated care model allows SRO physicians to monitor their patients throughout their recoveries and to ensure they achieve the maximum benefit of their surgical procedures.

As with all orthopedic surgical procedures, patient outcomes are heavily contingent on the experience and skill of the surgeon. Dr. McDermott’s esteemed credentials firmly establish him as a first-rate choice for the reverse shoulder replacement procedure in Santa Rosa and the surrounding area.

Dr. McDermott received numerous academic awards during his orthopedic residency at the Naval Medicine Center in San Diego, CA. He then went on to complete his fellowship in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in 2002, where he studied under Dr. Frank R. Noyes, MD, developer of Sportsmetrics™ and internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon. Upon completing his fellowship, Dr. McDermott returned to the Naval Medical Center in San Diego as the director of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopedics, where he received many referrals of complex patients from military orthopedic surgeons throughout the western hemisphere. Over the course of his career, Dr. McDermott has performed hundreds of complex shoulder reconstruction and replacement surgeries. Dr. McDermott started his private practice in Santa Rosa in 2004, and as the co-director of SRO’s Sports Medicine Center, he actively participates in patient rehabilitation and nonsurgical treatment options.

Dr. McDermott specializes in operative and non-operative sports medicine, complex multi-ligament knee reconstruction, rotator cuff care, and total hip, knee, and shoulder joint replacement surgery. Dr. McDermott currently volunteers in the community as a team physician for Cardinal Newman and Maria Carrillo High Schools, and as the lead team physician for Sonoma State University. Additionally, Dr. McDermott has served as the lead physician for the Santa Rosa Scorchers professional women’s football team. He also offers his expertise to High School Athletes at SRO’s free, weekly High School Sports Injury Clinic, and regularly coaches little league baseball.

At SRO, Dr. McDermott plays an integral role in a collaborative team of 10 multi-specialist orthopedic surgeons, and experienced physical and occupational therapists. In its efforts to bring the best outcomes to patients, SRO has set the model for exceptional orthopedic care for over 60 years. SRO offers patients in-house diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, sports injury prevention, as well as advanced surgical treatments in joint replacement, sports medicine, trauma care, hand, foot, and ankle surgery and general orthopedic surgery.

For more information on Dr. Michael J. McDermott and Santa Rosa Orthopaedics’ services, visit our website or call (707) 546-1922 to schedule an appointment.