Joint Replacement – Total Shoulder Replacements
The shoulder joint enables you to raise, twist, and bend your arm forward, to the side, and behind you. Damage to this joint can be very painful and inhibit motion. Approximately 23,000 people a year undergo surgery to replace their damaged shoulder joint. There are different types of shoulder replacements, but the most common is a total shoulder replacement. Total shoulder replacement uses highly polished metal parts (a ball attached to a stem) and a plastic socket to substitute for the natural joint. The humeral (arm) component of the joint can be implanted with or without bone-cement depending on the health of the bone surrounding the joint. Most often an all-plastic socket component is implanted with bone cement. Each surgery is individualized to meet the exact needs of each patient.