Shoulder replacement surgery is less common than knee or hip replacements. For those suffering from severe shoulder pain and problems, it can be a life-altering option. Improved motion, strength and function, along with relief from pain make this complex procedure welcome in eligible patients.
Surgery is considered only after nonsurgical treatment options like rest, activity modification, medications and physical therapy have been exhausted.
In some cases, patients can benefit from the less invasive option of shoulder arthroscopy. This procedure can be helpful for frozen shoulder caused by inflammation of the shoulder joint.
Total Shoulder Replacement
During shoulder replacement surgery, the surgeon removes the arthritic or damaged portion of the upper arm bone (humerus), prepares the shoulder socket for a plastic liner, and then places a metal ball with a stem down into the arm bone.
Who is a good candidate?
Shoulder replacement is usually required for patients with severe forms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Other possible candidates are patients who have sustained severe trauma from a shoulder fracture.
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
Our experts are able to perform reverse total shoulder replacement. This procedure is specifically designed for patients with shoulder arthritis and a rotator cuff tendon tear that cannot be repaired using another method. This combination makes it necessary to place the ball on the shoulder blade, rather than the arm bone. The socket is placed on the arm bone, rather than the shoulder blade. In other words, it's the reverse of our normal anatomy.