Shoulder replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure in helping patients relieve their shoulder pain and resume their everyday activities. First developed to fix fractures of the shoulder, shoulder replacement surgery is commonly used today to treat a variety of painful conditions including arthritis.
In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are replaced with artificial components. If only the end of the humerus or upper arm bone, is replaced, it is called hemiarthroplasty. In a Total Shoulder Replacement both the end of the humerus and the socket of the shoulder joint are replaced.
Shoulder Surgeon Specialists
Reverse Shoulder Replacement
Reverse shoulder replacement is used to treat severe shoulder arthritis and massive rotator cuff damage. Orthopaedics East and Sports Medicine Center is one of the only orthopaedic practices in our region trained to perform this complicated procedure.
If more conservative treatments like medications and activity changes are no longer helpful for relieving your shoulder pain, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians to inquire about shoulder/reverse shoulder joint replacement.
Activities Following Surgery
It is important for patients to recognize that resuming normal activity after shoulder replacement surgery takes several weeks and that they may have to alter the way they do certain activities until they are fully recovered. Patients should follow the rehabilitative instructions of their physician and physical therapist.
What causes shoulder pain?
According to the AAOS about 23,000 people have shoulder replacement surgery each year. This compares to more that 700,000 Americans a year who have knee and hip replacement surgery. Shoulder problems may arise because of injury to the soft tissues of the shoulder, overuse or underuse of the shoulder, or even because of damage to the tissues.
Shoulder problems result in pain, which may be localized to the joint or travel to areas around the shoulder or down the arm. Damage to the shoulder joint may result in instability of the joint, and pain is often felt when raising the arm or when soft tissues are trapped between the bones (impingement). Impingement is particularly common in sports activities that involve repetitive overhead arm motions, such as pitching baseballs.
You may have a shoulder injury if:
- Your shoulder is stiff and doesn’t allow full normal movement.
- Your shoulder lacks strength to perform your daily activities.
- Your shoulder feels as if it’s slipping out of place (upper arm bone “popping” or a feeling that your arm is sliding out of the shoulder socket).
Another common cause of shoulder pain is arthritis. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA) — sometimes called degenerative arthritis because it is a “wearing out” condition involving the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. OA can occur without a shoulder injury, but this seldom happens since the shoulder is not a weight-bearing joint like the knee or hip. Instead, shoulder OA commonly occurs many years following a shoulder injury, such as a dislocation, that has led to joint instability and damage, allowing OA to develop.