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Total & Partial Replacement Shoulder Surgery Near You

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 surgery. Joint replacement shoulder 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.

Arthritis is the leading cause of shoulder pain. Arthritis is the result of the cartilage in a joint being worn out over time. Several conditions can cause shoulder pain and disability, and lead patients to consider shoulder joint replacement surgery.

 

These conditions are as follows:

  • Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post-traumatic Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
  • Severe Fractures
  • Failed Previous Shoulder Replacement Surgery

 

Generally, non-operative modes of treatment are considered first, such as physical therapy and medication, but total shoulder replacement can provide pain relief and increased mobility for those who have not experienced relief.

Reasons to Have A Total Replacement of the Shoulder Surgery:

  • Severe shoulder pain that interferes with everyday activities, such as reaching into a cabinet, dressing, toileting, and washing.
  • Moderate to severe pain while resting. This pain may be severe enough to prevent a good night’s sleep.
  • Loss of motion and/or weakness in the shoulder.
  • Failure to substantially improve with other treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, or physical therapy.

The major indication for a total shoulder replacement is pain that will not respond to non-surgical treatment. This pain may be the result of abnormalities and changes in the joint surfaces as a result of arthritis or fractures or any of the other conditions listed above.

Your consultation visit and initial appointment with the orthopedic surgeon will include a series of x-rays, a physical examination and a thorough review of your medical history.

The primary goal of total shoulder replacement surgery is to ease the pain with secondary goals of improving motion, strength, and function. Many patients return to the sports they love like tennis, golf, and swimming.