Surgical Techniques - Total Shoulder Replacement
Your shoulder pain from arthritis has gotten so bad that you can no longer function well or tolerate the pain with even simple daily activities. The evaluation of your shoulder by physical exam and X-ray review; and the failure to respond to more conservative measures has left you wondering about your next step.What can be done now?...
The answer may well be a total shoulder replacement done with the most advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques and rehabilitation program available anywhere in the world. As a recognized leader, teacher and innovator in advanced joint reconstruction techniques for total shoulder replacement surgery, Dr. Robert Zehr of the Zehr Center for Orthopaedics has had the opportunity to refine the various aspects of the surgical experience for his patients both in the operating room and in the care postoperatively.
Although disabling arthritis of the shoulder is far less common than that of the knee or hip, because it limits the use of your hands and upper extremity, it can be more restrictive to your lifestyle than arthritis of the lower extremity. Shoulder replacement surgery in Naples has become a common solution to severe arthritic pain in the shoulder and some 25,000 patients undergo this highly successful procedure every year.
Total shoulder joint replacement surgery alleviates pain by replacing the damaged bone and cartilage with a metal and plastic implant. The shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint, much like the hip joint. The ball is the top of the arm bone (the humerus), and the socket is within the shoulder blade (scapula). This joint allows people an enormous range of motion at the shoulder.
Shoulder Replacement Surgery and Recovery
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When shoulder replacement surgery is performed, the ball is removed from the top of the humerus and replaced with a metal implant. This is shaped like a half-moon and attached to a stem inserted down the center of the arm bone. The socket portion of the joint is shaved clean and replaced with a plastic socket that is cemented into the scapula.
Just like any joint replacement the success of the surgery depends on many factors including the advanced state of the arthritic joint at the time of surgery, the overall health of the patient and most importantly the dedication to the physical therapy required after the surgery.
Below are pre-op and post-op X-rays of an arthritic right shoulder which underwent a total shoulder replacement and is doing very well.