All about Partial Shoulder Replacement Surgery

The shoulder essentially comprises of a ball and socket joint, where the round end of one bone fits into the socket at the end of another bone. This is the joint which is responsible for both, arm and shoulder movement.

When it comes to replacing an arthritic or injured shoulder, the rate is highly uncommon as compared to knee or hip replacements. This means that the surgery rate is also very low. However, this doesn’t mean that an injured or arthritic shoulder cannot be treated by surgery.

Partial replacement surgery is generally recommended by Gilbert orthopedic surgeons to patients suffering from pain accompanied by arthritis or a traumatic injury to the shoulder. Exceptional care should therefore, be taken by athletes, because their shoulder joints are subjected to a lot of wear and tear, which over time, can lead to a problem.

That being said, the benefits that can be derived from other joint replacement procedures are the same as that of a shoulder replacement, i.e. restoration of normal joint movement and relief from joint pain.

What Is Included In A Partial Shoulder Replacement Procedure?

This procedure is normally used when the glenoid socket doesn’t need to be replaced because it’s still intact. Instead; in a partial shoulder replacement, the humerus is operated upon, replacing the head and implanting the humeral component.    

This means that, during the procedure, there is no need for a plastic socket, less bone is removed as compared to other surgical procedures, and it requires a smaller incision.

Because every shoulder is unique, the very first step that you should take if experiencing shoulder pain is to consult with an orthopedic surgeon in Chandler and ask for an assessment. Then the surgeon will perform an examination to find out what the condition of your shoulder is. Some common shoulder problems that require surgery are:

  • Instability of the Shoulder
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Fractured Collarbone
  • Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear

Orthopedic Evaluation: What to Expect

The evaluation and assessment of the shoulder covers 3 essential components:

A Medical History: Typically about current complaints, the duration of symptoms, pain and limitations faced by the patient, any injuries and past surgical or non-surgical treatments.

A Physical Examination: This is done to assess the tenderness, swelling, range of motion, weakness or strength, instability, and/or deformity of the affected shoulder.

Diagnostic Tests: X-rays of the shoulder are taken in various positions and in a series of movements. An MRI scan can also be helpful in effectively making an assessment of soft tissues in the shoulder. A CT scan is sometimes used to evaluate the various bones within the shoulder.

At the end of the evaluation and assessment, your orthopedic surgeon will review the results and discuss the best treatment options with you, both surgical and non-surgical. If you opt for the surgical option of treatment, the doctor will then inform you regarding all the risks and complications that may occur, during and after surgery.

OSPI offers the top shoulder surgeons in the East Valley including Gilbert, Chandler and Mesa AZ. These shoulder specialists are Board Certified and Fellowship Trained. Call today for help with all your shoulder pain needs!

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