Shoulder replacement could offer freedom from pain and joint dysfunction when you have conditions like advanced arthritis or cuff tear arthropathy. If you have a shoulder condition that might need joint replacement surgery, Robert Landsberg, MD, FRCS(C), FAAOS, and Jessica Mitchell, PA-C, at Landsberg Orthopaedics in Hendersonville, Tennessee, can help. Dr. Landsberg is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with many years of experience in performing shoulder replacement procedures. To benefit from his expertise, call Landsberg Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.
Shoulder replacement is a procedure in which Dr. Landsberg removes the ends of the bones in your shoulder joint and substitutes them with artificial implants.
Shoulder pain is a common problem and doesn’t usually lead to joint replacement surgery. For most patients, rest, medication, physical therapy, and healing PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections are effective ways of resolving shoulder pain.
Some patients with persistent shoulder pain might benefit from steroid joint injections. For others, minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy might be necessary to repair damage to the soft tissues.
If your treatment program isn’t delivering the required results, or you have joint damage that’s too severe to repair, Dr. Landsberg can discuss shoulder replacement options with you.
The most likely reason for needing shoulder replacement is osteoarthritis. This chronic cause of widespread joint pain occurs when the slippery articular cartilage covering the ends of your bones wears away with time and use.
The unprotected bones start to rub together, creating friction and inflammation. Consequently, you experience steadily worsening pain, stiffness, and loss of movement in the affected joints.
Osteoarthritis is often manageable for years using nonsurgical methods, but some people eventually find their condition advances to the point where no treatments offer much relief. Shoulder replacement surgery is then worth considering.
Shoulder replacement could also be a good option if you have conditions like:
Cuff tear arthropathy (arthritis following rotator cuff damage) is another common reason for needing a shoulder replacement.
Dr. Landsberg offers several kinds of shoulder replacements, including:
Total shoulder replacement involves removing the joint surfaces and replacing them with a plastic socket and a metal ball with a stem that fits into your upper arm bone. Dr. Landsberg may cement the components into place or use a press-fit technique.
Hemiarthroplasty is a partial shoulder replacement where Dr. Landsberg leaves the socket and just fits a new humeral head.
Reverse total shoulder replacement is likely a better option for patients with rotator cuff damage and shoulder instability. In this procedure, Dr. Landsberg swaps the positions of the new ball and socket, enabling you to use your deltoid muscles rather than your rotator cuff to raise your arm.
If you’ve got severe or worsening shoulder pain and want to find out if you could benefit from shoulder replacement, call Landsberg Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.