Partial Shoulder Replacement

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. At the end of each bone cartilage, a thin layer of tissue, helps cushion any friction. Cartilage allows for smooth movement in the bones.

Conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases can break down shoulder cartilage. This can cause rough bony surfaces to rub and grind against each other; the grating can cause pain, stiffness, and discomfort.

If only one portion of the shoulder has cartilage damage, a partial shoulder replacement may be an option. The procedure, unlike a full shoulder replacement, only replaces part of the joint as opposed to its entirety. The diseased or injured area of the arm bone or socket is removed and replaced with a new artificial surface. The new joint allows for improved movement and can relieve pain. Patients who opt for replacement can experience relief.