Shoulder joint replacement, or shoulder arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to relieve pain and improve shoulder function in patients with a damaged shoulder joint. At Hand to Shoulder Associates, our skilled surgeons provide expert care and personalized treatment plans to help patients regain mobility, comfort, and quality of life.
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.