When medications and lifestyle changes do not relive shoulder pain, shoulder joint replacement surgery is a treatment to consider. The surgery is very common and is not only safe, but it is effective, so activities can be resumed without interruption from pain. A doctor may recommend this surgery to patients with severe shoulder pain, loss of motion in the shoulder, or for patients who have tried other treatments such as physical therapy or cortisone injections that failed to give sustained relief.
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder joint, the head of the humerus bone (ball), the socket, or both, are replaced by artificial parts. Before surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon will give a physical exam, read over medical history, evaluate x-rays, and may perform other tests needed to know the condition of the bone so the surgery can be performed to best treat the patient. The humerus head can be replaced by either a metal ball with a stem or by a cap-like prosthesis without a stem. The socket is replaced by a plastic socket implanted with bone cement. The parts replaced and the type of surgery needed will depend on the patient's condition. The types of shoulder replacement surgery include:
Our joint replacement team of specialists can be with you through each step of your surgery, from the first physical exam to physical therapy. If you may benefit from a shoulder replacement, please contact our office to learn more about what we can offer you at Triangle Orthopaedics.
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