Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery - Basics
A total shoulder replacement, also known as total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA), is a procedure intended to reduce the pain and improve function in patients who have a variety of arthritic conditions. Patients can develop arthritis due not only to wear and tear, so-called osteoarthritis. There are other causes such as rheumatoid arthritis, sequelae fractures and massive rotator cuff tendon tear.
The most common shoulder replacement surgery performed is a total shoulder replacement. This type of surgery involves replacement of both sides of the joint, namely the humeral head or ball and the glenoid or socket. Humeral head or ball is metal and is attached to a stem which is secured within the upper humeral canal. The glenoid isn’t polyethylene or plastic component. This was secured into the native glenoid which is contained in the scapular or shoulder blade.
Shoulder replacement devices typically last decades, although wear, loosening and failure are concerns - particularly to younger patients. A resurfacing arthroplasty is a bone sparing procedure which is employed for younger patients in order to reduce the impact of implant failure over the long run. Since glenoid loosening is the most concerning long term complication of a shoulder replacement in a younger person, the glenoid component is not implanted in most patients undergoing a resurfacing arthroplasty.
An Active San Francisco Bay Area Lifestyle and Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Replacement a shoulder may seem like a drastic step, but here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we tend to lead active lifestyles. Golfing, windsurfing, and football - to name a few - are many sports that require a working shoulder. Even if you are not into sports, the shoulder is an incredibly important joint for day-to-day living.
Whether it's an outdoor shoulder-intensive activity in Marin County, being a superstar chef in San Francisco (even cooks need great shoulders), or any of the marvelous sports facilities in San Mateo - the San Francisco Bay Area is an active lifestyle.
Be positive - think of all the activities that await you after a successful total shoulder replacement, also known as total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA):
- Exercises such as Yoga or Tai Chi
- Daily routines, such as driving your car
- Cooking, lifting grandkids and many activities that are shoulder-intensive.
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