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Shoulder Joint Replacement

Shoulder joint replacement is not a very common procedure, but it can be used to treat those experiencing osteoarthritis, arthritis after injury, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, severe fracture, avascular necrosis, and other conditions affecting the shoulder joint. Patients who may need shoulder joint replacement often have a loss of cartilage and deterioration in the mechanical abilities of the joint, ultimately causing pain and even stiffness, as well as impaired function and mobility. They may also be experiencing a grinding or grating sound when moving the shoulder. In the event the concern is less severe, non-surgical treatments can be used to alleviate discomfort and restore function. Our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons utilize the most advanced techniques available to enhance the quality, safety, and results of each procedure. Each treatment plan is customized, so that every individual can receive the optimal care. Talk to us today to learn more.

 

Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-surgical treatments for shoulder joint arthritis include medication, rest, and exercise. Physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication can also help in some cases. In many instances, non-surgical approaches can prove very beneficial for individuals with shoulder discomfort, and our skilled medical team is dedicated to using the least invasive methods possible to help you achieve greater comfort and function. If non-invasive techniques are ineffective after a period of trying, more advanced methods, including surgery, may be recommended for you. We will discuss all your options during the initial consultation, where you are also encouraged to ask questions and voice any concerns you may have.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Surgical treatments to replace the shoulder joint vary according to the severity of the condition and the individual’s needs. Total replacement involves the insertion of an artificial ball-and-socket mechanism to replace the arthritic joint surfaces. However, some patients may require less invasive surgery to improve mobility and lessen pain. Another option that may be suitable for certain people is a reverse total shoulder replacement, where the ball mechanism is placed in the shoulder capsule and the socket is located on the end of the humerus (upper arm bone). The ideal technique for your needs and goals will be determined after careful evaluation and discussion with you.

Returning Home and Recovery

Minimally invasive techniques have helped to reduce downtime following shoulder replacement surgery, allowing you to return home and to normal activity sooner than ever. For an initial period of about four-to-six weeks after surgery you will require the use of an arm sling. While some discomfort is to be expected, we will provide medication to manage your pain. Physical therapy is also an important part of your after-care, and we will detail the exercises that can help you restore function and mobility. Shoulder joint replacement surgery is known to be extremely effective at helping patients increase range of motion and significantly minimize or eliminate pain in the shoulder.

To determine which type of shoulder treatment can best alleviate your discomfort, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced orthopaedic surgeons.