Total Shoulder Replacement
Certain conditions and injuries can alter the natural movement of the shoulder. Torn or loss of cartilage, torn tendons, and general bone wear can create shoulder pain. Conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis can also create shoulder discomfort.
Candidates for shoulder replacement desire relief from pain, stiffness, and swelling. The following conditions can cause pain and discomfort:
- Arthritis pain and stiffness, including Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff tears, or muscle injuries near the shoulder joint
- Osteonecrosis, or the decay of bone tissue
Shoulder replacement surgery, or total shoulder arthroplasty, can relieve shoulder pain and stiffness from a variety of conditions. The injured area of the shoulder can be resurfaced and fitted with an implant. Plastic or metal inserts are placed over the shoulder bones to recreate fluid movement.
A shoulder replacement surgery can take around two hours. The next few months of exercises and rehabilitation restore strength and movement to the shoulder. By three months, patients may return to their previous level of activity. The shoulder should reach optimum movement and flexibility at that time.