Total Shoulder Replacement is a procedure that is successful at relieving joint pain especially with patients who have significant degeneration in their shoulder joint.
When conservative/non-operative treatments like medications, injections, therapy and activity changes are no longer helpful for relieving pain, you may want to consider shoulder joint replacement surgery with your orthopaedic physician. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain and help you resume everyday activities.
In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components, called prosthesis. The treatment options are either replacement of just the head of the humerus bone (ball), or replacement of both the ball and the socket (glenoid).
For patients interested in Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery, they should understand that each case is considered individually, and they should consult their doctor to see what might be appropriate treatment options after non-operative treatments have been exhausted.