Shoulder Joint Replacement

In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components, called a prosthesis.

The treatment options are either replacement of just the head of the humerus bone (ball), or replacement of both the ball and the socket (glenoid).

Symptoms of Shoulder Joint

Is Shoulder Joint Replacement for You?

  • Severe shoulder pain that interferes with everyday activities, such as reaching into a cabinet, dressing, toileting, and washing.
  • Moderate to severe pain while resting. This pain may be severe enough to prevent a good night's sleep.
  • Loss of motion and/or weakness in the shoulder.
  • Failure to substantially improve with other treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, or physical therapy.

Causes & Effects

  • Shoulder replacement surgery is usually done when you have severe pain in the shoulder area, which limits your ability to move your arm.
  • Osteoarthritis
  • A poor result from a previous shoulder surgery
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Badly broken bone in the arm near the shoulder
  • Badly damaged or torn tissues in the shoulder
  • Tumor in or around the shoulder

Shoulder Replacement Treatments of Dr. Raviprakash

  • Increased range of shoulder overhead motion
  • Pain-free shoulder motion
  • Restored stability to the shoulder
  • Revision of previous unsuccessful rotator cuff repairs
  • Revision of previous failed shoulder replacement surgeries
  • Treatment of certain complex fractures
1.What happens during shoulder replacement surgery?

Certain parts of your shoulder joint are removed and replaced with a plastic or metal device called a prosthesis, or artificial joint. The artificial shoulder joint can have either two or three parts, depending on the type of surgery required.

Also called arthroplasty, shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure in which the damaged or diseased joint is removed and replaced by an artificial shoulder implant (prosthesis) that is designed to move like a normal, healthy joint.

This is a very personal decision that only you can make, with the help of an orthopedic surgeon’s evaluation of your pain and its effect on your daily life.

When other treatment options no longer provide relief, joint replacement may be recommended — not only to relieve pain but also to prevent the disability it can cause. For example, experiencing joint pain day after day without relief can lead to “staying off” the joint — which often weakens the muscles around it so it becomes even more difficult to move. Your orthopedic surgeon will tell you whether you might benefit from joint replacement and explain the reasons why it may, or may not, be right for you at this time.

  • Don't use the arm to push yourself up in bed or from a chair.
  • Do follow the program of home exercises prescribed for you.
  • Don't overdo the exercises.
  • Don't lift anything heavier than a glass of water for the first 2 to 4 weeks after surgery.
  • Do ask for assistance.
  • Don't participate in contact sports or do any repetitive heavy lifting after your shoulder replacement.
  • Do avoid placing your arm in any extreme position, such as straight out to the side or behind your body for the first 6 weeks after surgery.
  • Shoulder replacement physiotherapy can also be helpful in recovery post shoulder replacement surgery.