A total shoulder replacement is often an option for patients with severe arthritis of the shoulder. This may also be an option for patients who have not achieved pain relief from non-operative treatments. In cases of a severe fracture, a shoulder replacement is also an option.
The following symptoms may be an indication that it’s time to meet with a shoulder specialist.
- Severe shoulder pain that interferes with daily activities
- Moderate to severe pain while resting
- Loss of motion and/ or weakness in the shoulder
- Non-operative treatments fail to relieve the pain
During the procedure, a joint replacement surgeon replaces the damaged or arthritic joint surfaces with a plastic socket and a highly-polished metal ball attached to a stem. In cases where there is severe damage to the ball yet the socket is normal, the surgeon may replace only the ball. As with any joint replacement surgery, a rehabilitation program is vital. Physical therapy and home exercises are key to a successful recovery.
You can watch the video below to see a general demonstration of the shoulder joint replacement procedure. Your surgery may vary depending on your individual condition.
Reverse Shoulder Replacement
In certain cases, the rotator cuff tendons can be severely degenerated or torn beyond repair. If the patient has a drastic loss of mobility and severe pain, a reverse shoulder replacement may be an option. In addition, reverse shoulder replacement works better with a person who has a rotator cuff arthropathy. The reverse shoulder replacement relies on the deltoid muscle as opposed to the rotator cuff to power and position the shoulder.