What is Shoulder Replacement?

Shoulder is one of the largest and the most important joints in the body. As we get older, almost everyone will experience some aches or pains in their shoulder. While conservative treatments like, antibiotics, painkillers, injections are good for minor problems, shoulder with major injuries and aches should compulsorily go under a shoulder surgeon’s knife.

What are the different types of Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

  • Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
  • Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Shoulder Replacement Surgery: What you need to know?

Though Shoulder Replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain. Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery for shoulder fractures was first performed in the United States by Shoulder Specialist in the 1950s. Over the last many years, this surgery has been successfully performed to treat many different issues related to shoulder.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery Procedure

In Shoulder Replacement Surgery, the damaged parts of your shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components, called prosthesis.

Total Shoulder Replacement Instrument

Patient-specific instruments were developed as an alternative to navigation. These instruments provide increased accuracy and efficiency.

Surgical Options for Shoulder Replacement Surgery include:

  • Replacement of only the head of the humerus bone (ball),
  • Replacement of both the ball and the socket (glenoid).

Total Shoulder Replacement

Why would you need a Shoulder Replacement?

The most important goal of a Shoulder Replacement Surgery is pain relief for the patient. Due to arthritic wear and tear, the compromised cartilage of the shoulder may be subjecting the joint to bone-to-bone interaction. The second factor involved is the need to restore motion. If you have experienced a significant change in lifestyle and is no longer able to participate in the activities you love due to lack of mobility, then you are a perfect candidate for Shoulder Replacement Surgery.

Total Shoulder Replacement for Arthritis
Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery helps restore function in your shoulder which has been damaged by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

Total Shoulder Replacement after Fractures
A severe shoulder fracture is one of the common reasons why you are advised to undergo shoulder replacement surgery. The three types of shoulder fractures include: Clavicle Fracture, Proximal Humerous Fracture and Scapula Fracture. All 3 types of fractures can cause extreme swelling, continuous shoulder pain and limit your shoulder’s everyday ability to move and perform plenty of functions.

Is Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery Painful?
Shoulder Replacement Surgery is a major orthopaedic surgery, so you will likely experience some pain during your recovery stage, but it can be totally managed with the help of medications.

How safe is Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
Your medical history and current condition of the knee is thoroughly evaluated before you undergo Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery so there is absolutely no reason to worry about anything.

What does Dr. Amyn Rajani Aim to Achieve with Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
The aim is to relieve you of the excruciating pain and restore mobility. However, it’s also important for patients to pay attention to extensive post-operative rehabilitation sessions- most important factor in improving your quality of life.

Benefits of undergoing Shoulder Replacement Surgery:

  • Reduced Joint Pain
  • Increased strength
  • Increased mobility
  • Correction of shoulder deformity
  • Restoration of shoulder limb strength
  • Improved quality of life