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Dr. Naman Goel

Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Shoulder replacement surgery, also known as shoulder arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves replacing a damaged or deteriorated shoulder joint with an artificial joint or prosthesis. This procedure is typically considered when non-surgical treatments are no longer effective in relieving pain and restoring function in the shoulder.

Types of Shoulder Replacement Surgery :

  • Total Shoulder Replacement: In this procedure, both the ball (the humeral head) and socket (the glenoid) of the shoulder joint are replaced with prosthetic components.
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement (Hemiarthroplasty): Only the humeral head is replaced in a partial shoulder replacement. This is often done when the glenoid is still in good condition.
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement: This surgery is recommended for patients with severe rotator cuff damage. It reverses the normal ball-and-socket relationship, placing the ball on the scapula and the socket on the humerusb.

Factors Leading to Shoulder Replacement Surgery :

  • Osteoarthritis: Wear and tear of the shoulder joint due to aging.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: An autoimmune condition that affects the shoulder joint.
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis: Arthritis resulting from a previous shoulder injury or fracture.
  • Rotator Cuff Tears: Severe rotator cuff damage can lead to shoulder pain and dysfunction.

Symptoms and Indications for Shoulder Replacement :

Common signs of Shoulder Replacement may include:

  • Chronic and severe shoulder pain.
  • Limited range of motion in the shoulder.
  • Difficulty performing daily activities due to shoulder dysfunction.
  • Pain that does not respond to conservative treatments like medications, physical therapy, or injections.

Diagnosis and Evaluation:

  • A comprehensive evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon or shoulder specialist.
  • X-rays and other imaging studies to assess the extent of joint damage and deterioration.
  • Assessment of the patient’s medical history, symptoms, and functional limitations.
  • Discussion with the patient to determine if non-surgical treatments have been ineffective in managing the shoulder condition.
  • Shoulder replacement surgery is a major procedure and is typically considered after careful evaluation and discussion between the patient and the surgeon.
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