Partial Shoulder Replacement Surgery - Basics
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The round end of one bone fits into a cavity, or socket, at the end of another bone. This type of joint allows you to move your arm in most directions.
Replacement of an arthritic or injured shoulder is less common than knee or hip replacement. Consequently, surgeries to repair shoulders are less common than knee or hip replacement surgeries. A partial shoulder replacement may be necessary if the patient suffers from arthritis or has suffered a traumatic injury to the shoulder. Those who play sports such as tennis can place a great deal of wear and tear on the shoulder joint. Overuse injuries can cause osteoarthritis to develop over time.
That said, shoulder replacement typically provides the same benefits as other joint replacement procedures, including relief of joint pain and restoration of more normal joint movement.
A partial shoulder joint replacement is used when the glenoid socket is intact and does not need to be replaced. In this procedure, the humeral component is implanted, and the humeral head is replaced.
A partial shoulder replacement consists of replacing only the ball of the shoulder joint. This removes the need for a plastic socket, requires the removal of less bone and has a smaller incision than a total shoulder replacement.
The first step as a patient is to reach out to our medical team for an assessment. Every shoulder is unique, and a trained shoulder surgeon is the best step forward towards repairing your shoulder, whatever its condition.
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