Partial Shoulder Replacement

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The shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in the body, yet it is also the most prone to pain and injury. When you suffer from progressive shoulder pain – caused by arthritis, aging, overuse, incorrect use, or injury — daily activities can often become difficult, if not impossible.

The shoulder is made of three bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), the clavicle (collarbone), and the scapula (the shoulder blade). Shoulder replacement removes damaged areas of bone and replaces them with parts made of metal and plastic (implants). This surgery is called shoulder arthroplasty (ARTH-row-plas-tee).

Partial Shoulder ReplacementPartial shoulder replacement or hemiarthroplasty is a surgical procedure that can be used if only one part of the shoulder is weakened by cartilage. The operation replaces the section of the joint (Ball) as opposed to the whole of the joint. The diseased or damaged area is removed and replaced with a new artificial surface. There are a variety of different options for performing this operation.

If you have shoulder pain that limits your everyday activities and all non-surgical methods of treatment have failed – including anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and physical therapy – then you should consider shoulder replacement surgery.

For patients with persistent shoulder pain, our orthopaedic specialists will take x-rays to determine the condition of the joint. In some cases, take a computerized tomography (CT) scan or MRI to take a closer look at the patient's shoulder. It is common to use steroid injection to manage the pain, but if this proves ineffective, surgery may be the next best option for providing relief.

Shoulder Replacement

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