The shoulder is a complex joint that allows us to move our arms in many directions. Unfortunately, due to age or injury, the shoulder joint can weaken and cause pain and discomfort. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the joint. One type of surgery that’s used to treat a damaged shoulder is shoulder replacement surgery. Let’s take a look at when this type of procedure might be necessary and how it works.
Shoulder replacement surgery is usually recommended when other treatments have failed to provide relief from pain or improve mobility. This procedure is typically done on patients who have advanced arthritis or rotator cuff tears that are too large to repair with traditional methods. In some cases, it may also be recommended for people who have experienced trauma or injury to the shoulder joint.
During shoulder replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon will make an incision in the shoulder area and remove the damaged parts of the shoulder joint before replacing them with artificial implants. Depending on your condition, you may receive either a total or partial shoulder replacement. In a total shoulder replacement procedure, both components of the joint (the humeral head and glenoid) are replaced with artificial parts made from metal or plastic alloys. In a partial procedure, only one component is replaced while the other part remains intact. Following the procedure, physical therapy may be prescribed by your doctor in order to restore range of motion and strength in the affected area.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain or reduced mobility due to damage in your shoulder joint, then you should consider speaking with an orthopedic surgeon about whether shoulder replacement surgery could help relieve your symptoms. At Central Florida Bone & Joint Institute we specialize in providing quality care for those seeking treatment for musculoskeletal conditions like this one. We understand that these types of procedures can be intimidating so our team will work closely with you every step of the way to ensure that you have all of your questions answered before making any decisions about treatment options. Contact us today if you’d like more information!