Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Total shoulder joint replacement surgery replaces the bones of the shoulder joint with artificial joint parts, and it’s an option to patients who suffer from joint dysfunction. This is usually the result of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, but rarely for those who have sustained severe trauma from a shoulder fracture. Generally, all other modes of treatment are considered first, such as physical therapy and medication, but total shoulder replacement can provide pain relief and increased mobility for those who have not experienced relief. Patients not responding to conservative treatments may require surgery The goal of shoulder replacement surgery is to restore the best possible function to the joint by removing scar tissue, balancing muscles, and replacing the destroyed joint surfaces with artificial ones.. Total shoulder joint replacement surgery is a highly technical procedure and is best performed by best surgical team who performs this surgery often. Such a team can maximize the benefit and minimize the risks. The performance of a joint replacement depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors and recovery may take time.


What does total shoulder replacement surgery include?

Total shoulder replacement surgery is a major surgical procedure. The surgeon removes damaged bone and cartilage, resurfaces the socket within the shoulder blade and replaces the ball or head of the humerus at the top of the arm bone.

How long will the shoulder implant last?

This depends on factors such as your age, physical condition and activity level. These devices are made with stronger materials and provide a secure fit to last the remainder of patients' lives.

Are total shoulder replacement surgeries age related?

The shoulder joint can degenerate from a number of factors that have nothing to do with age. Athletes or a traumatic injury from an accident or fall also may require shoulder replacement.

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