Shoulder Replacement Options
RWJBarnabas Health Orthopedic Centers offer diagnostic services and treatment
for a wide variety of shoulder injuries and chronic shoulder pain. Shoulder
pain can come from degenerative or other forms of arthritis, tumors in
or near the shoulder, or trauma or injury to the bone or tissue in the
shoulder. Our goal is to help patients with difficult and debilitating
shoulder pain regain function and live a more normal, active life. Treatment
options range from conservative care through total shoulder replacement surgery.
Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
Shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged joint surface
with an artificial plastic socket and metal ball and stem prosthesis.
This treatment option can relieve pain and improve function for those
suffering from severe shoulder pain due to osteoarthritis or deterioration
of the joint. Although discomfort and pain that is a normal part of surgery
is expected, arthritis pain is relieved immediately after the procedure.
Rehabilitation will begin shortly after surgery on an outpatient basis.
Most patients are able to function and return to light duty work within
two to three weeks. By six months, most patients will return to normal
activities including sports and exercise.
Partial Shoulder Replacement
Shoulder hemiarthroplasty is a surgical option when only part of the shoulder
being damaged. Like total shoulder replacement, this option restores function
and relieves shoulder pain. As the name suggests, this surgery involves
replacing only a portion of the shoulder joint, the humoral head, and
reconstructing the bone around the artificial joint. A partial replacement
can mean less surgical trauma to the area, less bone loss, and therefore
faster recovery time and less pain. Like total shoulder replacement, with
physical therapy, patients return to basic function within a short time,
and can often resume normal activities and sports within several months.