Tulane Orthopaedics

Problems & Conditions

Total Shoulder Replacement

Today, about 53,000 people in the United States have shoulder replacement surgery each year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Often, this surgery has been used for many other painful conditions of the shoulders, such as different forms of arthritis.

If nonsurgical treatments, such as medications and activity charges, are no longer helpful in relieving pain, one may want to consider the shoulder joint replacement surgery. It is a safe and effective procedure, which will help relieve pain and help one to resume everyday activities again.

In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and then replaced with artificial components, which is called prosthesis. The treatment options are either to replace just the head of the humerus bone (ball), or to replace both the ball and the socket (glenoid).