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Shoulder Resurfacing

If you need a Shoulder Resurfacing, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is A Shoulder Resurfacing?

Shoulder resurfacing, also known as humeral head resurfacing or hemiarthroplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to treat shoulder joint conditions, such as arthritis or severe degenerative disease, that primarily affect the humeral head (the ball-shaped top of the upper arm bone).

In shoulder resurfacing, the damaged surface of the humeral head is removed and replaced with a prosthetic component, preserving the patient’s natural socket (glenoid). This differs from total shoulder replacement, where both the humeral head and the glenoid are replaced.

The procedure involves the following steps:

  1. Incision: The surgeon makes an incision over the shoulder to access the humeral head.
  2. Preparation of the Humeral Head: The damaged surface of the humeral head is carefully removed, preserving as much healthy bone as possible.
  3. Prosthetic Placement: A metal implant is selected to match the size and shape of the humeral head. The prosthetic component is then secured onto the remaining healthy bone using specialized instruments and fixation methods.
  4. Closure: The incision is closed with sutures or staples, and a sterile dressing is applied.

Shoulder resurfacing aims to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and restore function to the shoulder joint. It is commonly performed in cases where the glenoid (socket) is relatively healthy and does not require replacement. This procedure is generally more suitable for younger, active individuals with good bone quality.

Following surgery, a rehabilitation program is typically prescribed to optimize recovery and restore shoulder strength and mobility. Physical therapy exercises, stretching, and range of motion exercises may be included to gradually regain function and improve overall shoulder function.

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with shoulder resurfacing, including infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel injury, implant loosening or failure, and the need for additional surgery in the future.

It is important to consult with an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate your specific shoulder condition and determine the most appropriate treatment approach, which may or may not involve shoulder resurfacing. The surgeon will consider various factors, including the extent of the damage, the patient’s age and activity level, and the individual’s specific needs, to provide a personalized treatment plan.


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