What happens during a total shoulder arthroplasty?
During total shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged humeral head (top of the arm bone) is replaced with a metal ball. The glenoid (shoulder socket) receives a new, smooth plastic surface. The new components are kept in place with a combination of medical bone cement and the tight-fitting components. The combination of metal on plastic allow for the return of a smooth, pain free motion in the joint.
Total Shoulder Replacement Presentation
Does shoulder replacement surgery last forever?
Typically, patients experience significant pain and functional improvement following a total shoulder replacement. However, the prosthesis (metal ball and plastic cup) can wear out over time, and therefore the procedure is generally reserved for patients over the age of 50. Although some patients younger than 50 may have no other option than to consider a shoulder replacement. On average, a shoulder replacement is expected to last between 10-20 years. Younger patients suffering from shoulder arthritis are encouraged by Dr. Mazzara and his team to consider more minimally invasive joint preserving surgeries before undergoing shoulder replacement.
If you have exhausted all other treatment options and believe you are a candidate for total shoulder replacement surgery, please contact Dr. James Mazzara, orthopedic shoulder surgeon in Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.