Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement surgery replaces a worn, painful shoulder joint with a new, functional joint made from metal and plastic.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • Shoulder stiffness, pain, or instability
    • Problems at the incision site, such as bleeding or drainage
    • Signs of an infections such as fevers, chills, redness, or warmth
    • Numbness or tingling in your shoulder, arm, or fingers

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Shoulder replacement surgery replaces a worn, painful shoulder joint with a new, functional joint made from metal and plastic.

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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    The surgery relieves debilitating shoulder joint pain caused by a shoulder condition or injury that interferes with daily life.

    Total shoulder replacement is a surgery done to treat different shoulder conditions and injuries, such as:

    • Severe shoulder fractures or other serious shoulder injuries
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Avascular necrosis
    • Rotator cuff injury
      resulting in joint arthritis

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Chronic shoulder pain and stiffness
    • Shoulder instability
    • Infection
    • Nerve damage
    • Loose shoulder joint

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity