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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?

Surgeons perform shoulder resurfacing, also called humeral head resurfacing or hemiarthroplasty, to address shoulder joint conditions like arthritis or severe degenerative disease, which mainly impact the humeral head—the ball-shaped top of the upper arm bone.

During shoulder resurfacing, they remove the damaged surface of the humeral head and substitute it with a prosthetic component while retaining the patient’s natural socket (glenoid). This contrasts with total shoulder replacement, where both the humeral head and the glenoid are replaced..

Shoulder Resurfacing Procedure

During shoulder resurfacing surgery, the surgeon initiates the procedure by making an incision over the shoulder to access the humeral head. Then, they meticulously remove the damaged surface of the humeral head, focusing on preserving as much healthy bone as possible. Subsequently, they select a metal implant that matches the size and shape of the humeral head. Using specialized instruments and fixation methods, the surgeon securely places the prosthetic component onto the remaining healthy bone. Finally, they close the incision using sutures or staples and apply a sterile dressing to promote healing. This comprehensive process aims to restore function and alleviate symptoms in individuals with shoulder joint conditions.

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.

Rehabilitation and Recovery

After surgery, healthcare providers typically prescribe a rehabilitation program to optimize recovery and restore shoulder strength and mobility. This program may include physical therapy exercises, stretching, and range of motion exercises to gradually regain function and enhance overall shoulder function.

Like all surgical procedures, shoulder resurfacing carries potential risks and complications, such as infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel injury, implant loosening or failure, and the possibility of requiring additional surgery in the future.

Consulting with an orthopedic surgeon is crucial to evaluate your specific shoulder condition and determine the most suitable treatment approach, whether it involves shoulder resurfacing or not. The surgeon will consider various factors, including the extent of the damage, your age and activity level, and your specific needs, to devise a personalized treatment plan.


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