Total Shoulder Replacement
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What Is A Total Shoulder Replacement?
Total shoulder replacement, also known as total shoulder arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to treat severe shoulder joint arthritis or other conditions that cause significant pain and loss of function in the shoulder. In this procedure, the damaged parts of the shoulder joint are replaced with artificial components to restore joint function and alleviate pain.
The surgery involves several key steps:
- Incision: An incision is made in the front or side of the shoulder, providing access to the shoulder joint.
- Removal of damaged joint surfaces: The damaged parts of the humerus (upper arm bone) and glenoid (socket of the shoulder blade) are carefully removed.
- Implant placement: The humeral component, which includes a stem inserted into the upper arm bone and a ball-shaped head, is inserted into the humerus. The glenoid component, a plastic socket, is placed into the glenoid.
- Fixation: The artificial components may be fixed in place using bone cement or by press-fit (without cement) depending on the specific technique and the patient’s condition.
- Closure: The incision is closed with sutures or staples, and a sterile dressing is applied.
After the surgery, a period of rehabilitation is typically recommended to restore shoulder strength, range of motion, and functional abilities. Physical therapy exercises and controlled movements are prescribed to gradually increase shoulder mobility and strength. The rehabilitation program may last several months to achieve optimal outcomes.
Total shoulder replacement surgery can significantly improve pain, restore joint function, and enhance overall shoulder mobility. It can be particularly beneficial for individuals with advanced arthritis, rotator cuff arthropathy, severe fractures, or other conditions that severely impact shoulder function and quality of life.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with total shoulder replacement, including infection, blood clots, nerve injury, implant loosening or dislocation, and the need for revision surgery in the future. It is crucial to have a thorough evaluation and consultation with an orthopedic surgeon to determine if total shoulder replacement is the appropriate treatment option for your specific shoulder condition. The surgeon will consider factors such as your age, overall health, level of activity, and the severity of your shoulder condition to provide personalized treatment recommendations.