Shoulder Joint Replacement Surgery
Pain in your shoulder makes it difficult for you to use your arm. When you cannot use your arm properly, simple daily tasks are not so simple anymore.
Shoulder pain comes in many forms. It’s common for the muscles and soft tissue in the shoulder to be sore after a lot of physical activity. Usually, all you need to do for sore shoulders is rest and take some medication. But, with severe conditions like fractures, tears or arthritis, you may need medical attention.
Healthcare professionals have different methods for treating shoulder pain depending on the cause and severity of your shoulder condition. Some people can benefit from minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, while others with more serious conditions may need total shoulder joint replacement.
When do you need total shoulder joint replacement?
You may need total joint replacement of the shoulder if the bones or cartilage in the shoulder are damaged in such a way that you cannot properly use your arm. The main cause of this issue is arthritis.
Arthritis is a condition that causes the cartilage in your joints to wear down. When this happens, the bones in the joints grind against each other, which is painful and leads to bone damage in the joint.
Mild forms of arthritis may be treatable with drug or physical therapy, but severe arthritis may require total shoulder joint replacement.
Other reasons you may need total shoulder joint replacement include:
- Severe rotator cuff tears
Is total shoulder joint replacement safe?
Our surgeons at Florida Spine and Joint perform many total shoulder joint replacements every year. Our surgeons are skilled at safely performing this procedure while minimizing complications.
Although they are rare, complications that can occur during total shoulder joint replacement include:
- Blood loss
- Blood clotting
- Allergic reaction
- Ineffective artificial implants
- Nerve damage