Although shoulder replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain. Total shoulder replacement, also known as total shoulder arthroplasty, is an extremely successful procedure for treating the severe pain and stiffness that often result at the end stage of various forms of arthritis or degenerative joint disease of the shoulder joint.
If nonsurgical treatments like medications and activity changes are no longer helpful for relieving pain, you may want to consider talking to a doctor about shoulder joint replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain and help you resume everyday activities. In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components, called a prosthesis. The treatment options are either replacement of just the head of the humerus bone, or replacement of both the ball and the socket.