Shoulder Conditions Treated
Shoulder Surgery & Revision Surgery
Shoulder Related Patient Education
Shoulder joint replacement is a surgical procedure to replace damaged bone surfaces with artificial components to relieve pain and improve functional ability in the shoulder joint. Shoulder joint replacement can be done by a traditional "open" approach or through a minimally invasive approach. The incision in minimally invasive shoulder joint replacement is about 5 cm compared to 17 cm with the traditional approach. Other benefits of minimally invasive surgery include less damage to the soft tissues and underlying muscles enabling a faster recovery with less pain and a smaller scar. Blood loss during the surgery is also less and complications after the surgery are fewer when compared to the open technique.
Reverse shoulder replacement surgery restructures the shoulder in a way that improves the mechanics of the muscles that surround the glenohumeral joint and make up the rotator cuff. It is a creative and effective way to restore the structure and function of the shoulder joint. This surgery is the ideal choice for patients who have arthritis due to a rotator cuff tear arthropathy and are at a mechanical disadvantage for other methods of shoulder repositioning.
The goal of total shoulder replacement surgery is to relieve shoulder pain and increase shoulder function by resurfacing the bones that meet at the shoulder's ball-and-socket joint, or glenohumeral joint. The surgeon removes the humeral head at the top of the arm bone (humerus), reshapes the shoulder socket (glenoid), and attaches prosthetic components to both bones.