Shoulder Arthroplasty (Replacement)

Arthroplasty is the most definitive method to manage the pain associated with severe glenohumeral arthritis. Since 1893, when the first shoulder replacement was performed, shoulder arthroplasty has continued to improve with advances in component materials, instrumentation, and surgical techniques.

Good candidates for shoulder arthroplasty are older patients who will place minimal demands on the shoulder and have no rotator cuff damage.

A total shoulder arthroplasty involves the replacement of both sides of the glenohumeral joint (the humerus and the glenoid). A hemiarthroplasty replaces the humeral head only, and is the treatment of choice when replacement of the glenoid is not advised. The surgeon will recommend a procedure based upon the nature and degree of the patient's arthritis.

Those who should not have shoulder arthroplasty:
Total Shoulder Replacement

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Shoulder arthroplasty is a technically demanding procedure, and the patient should take care to choose an experienced surgeon who has a thorough understanding and knowledge of anatomic and biomechanical principles.

During surgery, the surgeon will:

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