Shoulder Replacement SurgeryMany shoulder replacement conditions can be treated through conservative methods, but some may require surgery to effectively relieve pain and restore function to the joint. Your doctor will decide which type of treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition. Contact Us Today
Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Wayne, NJ
As one of the most-used parts of the body, your shoulder is at higher risk for injury. If you’re experiencing severe shoulder pain that’s preventing you from completing daily tasks and the recreational activities you love, seek help from the team of specialists at High Mountain Orthopedics. Our experienced surgeons perform partial and total shoulder replacement surgeries that can restore quality of life in patients throughout the Wayne, NJ area.
What is a Shoulder Replacement?
Shoulder replacement surgery is a procedure used to restore certain parts of the joint that have been compromised past the point of healing. Typically, the head of the humerus bone (the ball) and the glenoid (socket) are replaced with metal and plastic components. These artificial parts help patients regain shoulder mobility, restoring that smooth glide that you’re supposed to experience when you rotate your shoulder.
Before undergoing shoulder replacement surgery, patients need to discuss their symptoms with a physician and receive a diagnosis. Our specialists carefully evaluate your condition and rule out non-invasive procedures before recommending surgery as an option.
Signs a Shoulder Replacement May Be Needed
Shoulder injuries can occur in many ways from repetitive stress to accidents and diseases. Surgery is typically recommended for several injuries and conditions, including arthritis, bone fractures, and tears. If you have a longstanding injury as a result of repetitive stress or you’ve experienced a traumatic injury as a result of a sudden impact event, you may be experiencing the following symptoms:
- Inability to perform basic daily tasks
- Severe pain while sleeping that prevents a full night’s rest
- Weakness or loss of motion
If your condition does not improve after the use of non-surgical options, such as physical therapy, cortisone injections, or anti-inflammatory medications, surgery is recommended as a final course of action. The diagnostic process may include:
- Physical examination to gauge your range of motion and level of pain
- Bone scan to establish the health of the bone and tissue in the shoulder
- Evaluation of your medical history
- X-rays to examine the physical structure of your bones
- Medical resonance imaging (MRI)
- Blood panel
Once you’ve received your diagnosis, your doctor will go over your treatment plan and review what to expect during and following surgery.
Shoulder Replacement Surgery and Aftercare
When shoulder replacement surgery is needed, a surgeon will either perform a total or partial shoulder replacement. Your partial shoulder surgery may involve the following:
- Stemmed hemiarthroplasty: This procedure replaces the head of the humerus with a metal ball, leaving the socket intact. It is typically recommended when the ball is fractured or presenting with arthritis.
- Resurfacing hemiarthroplasty: During this procedure, the surgeon replaces only the joint surface of the ball with a cap-like prosthesis — not the entire ball. The surgeon preserves bone while avoiding the risk of the component wearing and loosening over time.
A total shoulder replacement involves the replacement of the entire shoulder joint with a metal ball and plastic socket. Ball and socket components are available in various sizes to suit your anatomy and effectively help restore functionality.
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You’re in good hands with our expert medical team. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain and discomfort, get started by contacting us for an appointment. At High Mountain Orthopedics, we provide shoulder replacement surgeries for patients across Wayne, NJ.
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