When your shoulder joint is too damaged to support arm movement and you struggle with ongoing pain, it may be time to consider a shoulder replacement. At Schofield, Hand and Bright Orthopaedics in Sarasota, Florida, Brian Schofield, MD, is a leader in shoulder replacement surgery. Dr. Schofield offers traditional as well as reverse replacement techniques that restore optimum function. To learn if a shoulder replacement is a good solution for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Dr. Schofield may recommend a shoulder replacement, also called shoulder arthroplasty, when you still have chronic pain, shoulder weakness, and limited movement despite conventional medical treatment.
Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for a shoulder replacement. As the degenerative disease progresses and causes extensive joint damage, the only treatment option is a joint replacement.
A severe shoulder fracture that shatters the upper arm bone often needs a joint replacement. You could also need a shoulder replacement to treat rheumatoid arthritis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, or avascular necrosis.
The type of shoulder replacement you receive depends on the health of the tissues in the joint. Dr. Schofield has extensive experience performing three types of shoulder replacements:
Dr. Schofield performs a traditional shoulder replacement when your rotator cuff is healthy. This procedure is also called anatomic shoulder arthroplasty because your shoulder is restored to its normal state. As a result, you should regain full function and motion.
During a traditional replacement, Dr. Schofield replaces the rounded part of your upper arm with a metal ball. Then he removes damaged tissue from the shoulder socket and covers the bone with a plastic socket.
In a partial joint replacement, called shoulder hemiarthroplasty, Dr. Schofield only replaces the arm bone with a prosthetic metal ball. The socket is left intact.
Your rotator cuff normally stabilizes the shoulder joint and supports arm movement. When these muscles are damaged, Dr. Schofield recommends a reverse total shoulder replacement.
During this procedure, he uses a specialized prosthesis to reverse the ball and socket joint. He places a metal ball in the original socket and turns the upper arm bone into a new socket. Reversing the shoulder joint anatomy allows your deltoid muscles to move your arm instead of the rotator cuff.
Most patients stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after their replacement surgery. Once you’re discharged, you’re set up with home health professionals to assist with wound care.
It’s essential to keep your shoulder immobilized for about two weeks. Then you begin physical therapy to start restoring strength and movement. You can return to your regular activities in two to three months.
To learn more about shoulder replacement, call Schofield, Hand and Bright Orthopaedics or book an appointment online.