Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder pain is a common issue that affects millions of people worldwide. Whether it is due to an injury, arthritis, or wear and tear, shoulder pain can significantly impact a person's quality of life. Shoulder replacement surgery may be viable for those who have tried other treatments without success.

What is Shoulder Replacement?

Shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure that aims to relieve pain and restore function in a damaged or diseased shoulder joint. It involves replacing the damaged parts of the shoulder with artificial components, typically made of metal and plastic. This procedure, also known as shoulder arthroplasty, has been performed for over 50 years.

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Who is a candidate for Shoulder Replacement?

Shoulder replacement is typically recommended for individuals with severe and persistent pain in their shoulder joint that is not relieved by other treatments such as physical therapy, medications, or steroid injections. Individuals with conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and avascular necrosis are often suitable candidates for shoulder replacement. 

However, each case is different, and your doctor will determine if shoulder replacement is the right option for you.

Benefits of Shoulder Replacement

Here are the numerous benefits of shoulder replacement, from pain relief to increased range of motion, and how it can positively impact your daily life

The primary goal of shoulder replacement surgery is to relieve pain. The damaged parts of the shoulder joint are removed, and artificial components are inserted, resulting in reduced pain and discomfort.

Shoulder pain can significantly limit a person's range of motion, making it challenging to perform daily tasks. Shoulder replacement surgery can improve mobility and allow individuals to regain their ability to reach, lift, and carry without pain.

A damaged shoulder joint can greatly impact a person's ability to perform daily activities and participate in hobbies or sports. Shoulder replacement surgery can improve the function of the joint, allowing individuals to return to their favorite activities.

Chronic shoulder pain can greatly affect a person's quality of life, leading to difficulty sleeping, depression, and decreased overall well-being. Shoulder replacement surgery can provide long-term pain relief, leading to a better quality of life.

While the artificial components used in shoulder replacement surgery may need to be replaced eventually, the procedure has a high success rate, with most individuals experiencing long-term benefits.

Conditions treated with Shoulder Replacement 

Listed below are the different diseases that can benefit from this procedure and how it can improve your quality of life.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the shoulder joint. This condition causes the cartilage in the joint to wear away, resulting in bone-on-bone contact and causing pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. 

While non-surgical treatments can help manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis, shoulder replacement surgery can provide long-term relief by replacing the damaged joint with a prosthetic one.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes joint inflammation, including the shoulder joint. As the disease progresses, it can lead to severe damage and joint degradation, causing pain, stiffness, and difficulty performing daily activities. Shoulder replacement surgery can help alleviate the pain and improve function in people with RA by replacing the damaged joint with an artificial one.

Rotator cuff tear arthropathy is where a large, long-standing rotator cuff tear leads to arthritis in the shoulder joint. It commonly occurs in people over the age of 60 and can cause severe pain, weakness, and a limited range of motion. Shoulder replacement surgery can help restore function and alleviate pain in individuals with this condition by replacing the damaged joint with an artificial one.

Avascular necrosis, or osteonecrosis, is a condition with a lack of blood supply to the bone, leading to bone death. When this occurs in the shoulder joint, it can cause severe pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Shoulder replacement surgery can improve the quality of life for people with avascular necrosis by replacing the damaged joint with a prosthetic one that can function normally.

In some cases, people who have undergone a previous shoulder surgery may experience continued pain and limited function. If conservative treatments are not effective, shoulder replacement surgery may be recommended to replace the damaged joint and provide relief from pain and stiffness.

Shoulder replacement surgery can be an effective treatment option for various conditions that affect the shoulder joint. Replacing the damaged joint with an artificial one can provide significant pain relief, improve mobility, and enhance the overall quality of life. 

If you are experiencing chronic shoulder pain and limited movement, consult one of our qualified orthopedic surgeon to determine if you are a candidate for a shoulder replacement surgery.

Types of Shoulder Replacement Surgery

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to shoulder replacement surgery. There are various types of procedures available. Learn the different kinds of shoulder replacement surgery to help you understand your options better.

Total shoulder replacement is the most common type of shoulder replacement surgery. This procedure replaces the shoulder joint's ball and socket with prosthetic implants. The new artificial joint comprises a metal ball and a plastic socket, which allows smooth movement and reduces friction.

Reverse shoulder replacement is a procedure where the positions of the ball and socket in the shoulder joint are reversed. The ball is placed on the socket side, and the socket is placed on the ball side. This procedure is often recommended for individuals with a torn rotator cuff, severe shoulder arthritis, or previous failed shoulder surgeries.

In partial shoulder replacement, only the damaged portions of the shoulder joint are replaced with prosthetic implants. The rest of the shoulder joint remains intact. This procedure is recommended for individuals with only one side of the shoulder joint affected by arthritis or other conditions.

Resurfacing shoulder replacement is a minimally invasive procedure where only the ball and socket joint surfaces are replaced with a smooth metal implant. This procedure is only suitable for individuals with early-stage arthritis or mild shoulder damage.

Trust Dr. Hersch for Shoulder Replacement Surgery

The Orthopaedic Surgery Associates team is composed of Board-Certified orthopedic physicians with extensive experience in shoulder replacement procedure.

Dr. Jonathan Hersch is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon who practices arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. Dr. Hersch performs shoulder replacement surgery including reverse total shoulder replacements using computer-assisted GPS technology for a patient-specific approach to joint replacement.

If you have tried other treatments without success, shoulder surgery may be the solution you've been looking for. Visit one of our clinics near you:

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We will evaluate your condition and determine if this procedure is best for you. Don't let shoulder pain hold you back any longer – let us help you get back to living your life pain-free.


The material on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.


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