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5 Reasons to Have Shoulder Replacement Surgery


What is shoulder replacement surgery?

The shoulder delivers more range of motion than any other joint. In a total shoulder replacement procedure, the surgeon substitutes the arthritic joint surfaces with a polished metal ball and a plastic socket.

In a partial shoulder replacement procedure, also called hemiarthroplasty, the surgeon substitutes the ball, while preserving the patient’s original socket.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), nationwide, the number of total and partial shoulder replacements increased from about 18,000 in 2000 to more than 45,000 in 2013. Today, about 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder replacement surgery each year.

Numerous conditions can cause shoulder pain and disability, and lead patients to contemplate shoulder joint replacement surgery. In this article, we are going to present 5 main ones.

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1. Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)

Shoulder Osteoarthritis most commonly occurs in people over 50 years old. In younger patients, osteoarthritis can be caused by an injury or trauma, for instance a broken, or dislocated shoulder (see: post-traumatic arthritis). Osteoarthritis may be a genetic condition, too.

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, which means that the immune system attacks its own tissues. It is symmetrical – it usually affects the same joint on both sides of the body.

Surgical intervention is recommended for patients with substantial pain and functional limitations, when non-surgical remedies fail to offer comfort.

3. Post-traumatic Arthritis

You may suffer from post-traumatic arthritis (PA) if you have been injured. Shoulder fractures and shoulder dislocations may (but not necessarily will) ultimately lead to PA.

Post-traumatic arthritis of the shoulders can be a cause of fluid build-up in the shoulder joint, as well as pain and swelling.

4. Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy

People with progressive impairment of the rotator cuff tendons around the shoulder frequently develop a specific kind of arthritis, called rotator cuff tear arthropathy (RCTA).

The main symptoms include shoulder pain, stiffness, limitation of shoulder mobility and disability.

If non‐operative treatments fail to bring results, and there is still incapacitating pain and loss of function involved, then surgery is typically recommended.

5. Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)

Avascular Necrosis, also called osteonecrosis, is a condition in which the humeral head dies as a consequence of loss of blood supply. It may be both atraumatic or post-traumatic.

Humeral head osteonecrosis is uncommon, but a noteworthy source of shoulder pain. Even though non-operative treatment is primarily prescribed, with time and head collapse, patients are recommended operative intervention.

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The Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center is committed to providing you with world-class services during your treatment. Your care will at all times be physician-directed and patient-focused. Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center is a wise choice for getting your orthopedic surgery done, as so many of our patients already know.

We use the most up-to-date surgical equipment to provide our patients with high-quality, personalized care from start to finish, in a cost-effective manner. The Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center is the largest, most modern outpatient surgery center in Eastern North Carolina.

If you want to find out more about the Shoulder Replacement Surgery performed at the Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center, NC, or schedule an appointment, please call our outpatient surgery center (NC) today 919-719-3070.

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