When shoulder pain keeps you from enjoying life and doing the things you want to do, it's time to talk to one of the orthopedic specialists at King's Daughters' Health. A variety of shoulder surgery options are available, depending on the cause and extent of your shoulder problems. As part of our Joint Replacement Program, patients who choose total shoulder replacement or reverse total shoulder replacement at KDH receive a comprehensive care plan that includes pre-surgery evaluation and post-surgery follow-up. We want you to have an exceptional experience and successful recovery. Be sure to ask one of our orthopedic surgeons if you qualify for this option.
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Shoulder Replacement options at KDH
If you experience significant pain or weakness in your shoulder joint as the result of osteoarthritis, injury, or damage to the tendons and muscles that form what is known as your rotator cuff, talk with us about your options. Some patients may also suffer from a fracture in the shoulder, known as a humeral fracture. During shoulder replacement surgery, the worn or damaged parts of the shoulder joint are replaced, similar to knee and hip surgery. The patient receives a new ball-and-socket joint. Your orthopedic shoulder surgeon will discuss the specific techniques to be used, based on your condition. Physical therapy and other rehabilitation therapies are an important part of your successful recovery. Our team of joint replacement surgeons will provide you with a step-by-step guide in advance of your procedure to make sure your shoulder surgery goes well.
Reverse shoulder replacement
For patients with a severely damaged rotator cuff, a procedure known as reverse total shoulder replacement is an option. In traditional shoulder replacement surgery, the worn or damaged bones in the shoulder joint are replaced with a new ball and socket. The same is true in reverse total shoulder surgery, except that the part of the arm bone and shoulder blade that serve as the joint are reversed. The "ball" is attached to the shoulder blade and the "socket" is attached to the upper arm. This enables your muscles to compensate for the damaged rotator cuff. It provides increased stability, strength and range of motion. As with traditional shoulder replacement, physical therapy plays a key role in your recovery. A complete program will be outlined in advance with one of our shoulder replacement surgeons.