What is shoulder joint replacement?

Shoulder joint replacement is recommended when conservative treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, or injections, do not provide relief from shoulder pain and stiffness. This procedure involves removing the damaged parts of the shoulder joint and replacing them with artificial components made of metal and plastic.

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Types of shoulder joint replacement surgeries

There are two main types of shoulder joint replacement surgeries:

  • Total Shoulder Replacement
    In this procedure, both the ball (head of the humerus) and the socket (glenoid) of the shoulder joint are replaced with artificial components. Total shoulder replacement is typically recommended for patients with severe arthritis affecting both sides of the shoulder joint.
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
    This procedure is performed when there is significant damage to the rotator cuff tendons, making it difficult for patients to lift the arm. In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the ball and socket components are switched, allowing the deltoid muscle to compensate for the damaged rotator cuff tendons and restore arm movement.

Expert care and personalized treatment plans

Our fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons at HSA are renowned for their expertise in performing customized shoulder joint replacement surgeries. They have undergone specialized training in upper extremity and microvascular surgery, offering the most advanced, precision surgeries for shoulder joint replacements in Chicago.

Are you a candidate for shoulder joint replacement surgery?

Before recommending shoulder joint replacement, our surgeons thoroughly evaluate whether this procedure is the most appropriate course of action for the patient's condition. They consider factors such as the extent of shoulder damage, the patient's overall health, and the potential benefits of surgery. Candidates for this advanced surgery may be suffering from one of the following conditions:

Severe Shoulder Arthritis

If you have advanced osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the shoulder joint and conservative treatments have not provided significant relief, shoulder joint replacement may be considered to alleviate pain and improve function.

Rotator Cuff Tears

In some cases, severe rotator cuff tears can lead to significant pain and limited shoulder movement. If the extensive damage impairs daily activities, a reverse total shoulder replacement may be recommended to restore arm function.

Fractures and Traumatic Injuries

Certain shoulder fractures and traumatic injuries can damage the shoulder joint, leading to chronic pain and disability. In such cases, shoulder joint replacement may be a viable option to restore stability and function.

Failed Previous Treatments

If previous non-surgical treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, and injections, have not provided lasting relief or improvement, shoulder joint replacement may be considered an alternative.

Adequate Bone Quality

For shoulder joint replacement to be successful, the bone quality and structure around the shoulder joint must be sufficient to support the artificial components.

Overall Health

Your health and medical history are crucial in determining your candidacy for surgery. Your surgeon will evaluate your general health to ensure you can undergo the procedure safely.

Our team provides personalized care and guidance throughout the treatment process, ensuring that patients are well-informed about their options and involved in the decision-making. We are committed to delivering the highest level of care and support, guiding patients through every step of the journey to better health and comfort.

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Why choose us?

If you are experiencing persistent shoulder pain or limited mobility, contact HSA to schedule a consultation with our experienced surgeons. Choosing HSA for shoulder joint replacement in Chicago guarantees expert care from highly qualified surgeons who are leaders in orthopedics and microvascular surgery. We are here to assess your condition, discuss treatment options, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. With our expert care and compassionate approach, we’ll help you restore function and live a more active, pain-free life.

Shoulder Joint Replacement FAQ

How long does a shoulder joint replacement last?

What are the risks associated with shoulder joint replacement surgery?

What activities should I avoid after shoulder joint replacement surgery?

Will I need physical therapy after shoulder joint replacement surgery?

Can I shower after shoulder joint replacement surgery?

How long does a shoulder joint replacement last?

The longevity of a shoulder joint replacement varies depending on factors such as the type of implant used, the patient's age, activity level, and overall health. On average, shoulder joint replacements can last 10 to 20 years or more.

What are the risks associated with shoulder joint replacement surgery?

Risks of shoulder joint replacement surgery include infection, blood clots, nerve injury, implant loosening, dislocation, stiffness, ongoing pain, and complications related to anesthesia. However, serious complications are relatively rare.

What activities should I avoid after shoulder joint replacement surgery?

While you may gradually resume low-impact activities and gentle exercises, it's important to avoid heavy lifting, repetitive overhead motions, and high-impact sports that could put excessive strain on the replaced shoulder joint.

Will I need physical therapy after shoulder joint replacement surgery?

Yes, physical therapy is a crucial part of the recovery process after shoulder joint replacement surgery. It helps improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the shoulder, as well as promotes healing and reduces the risk of complications.

Can I shower after shoulder joint replacement surgery?

Your surgeon will provide specific instructions on when it's safe to shower after surgery. In many cases, you may need to keep the surgical incision dry for a certain period, so you may need to use a waterproof covering or sponge bath until the incision has healed sufficiently.

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