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Information for Patients & Caregivers

Shoulder Surgery Options

Only your orthopeadic surgeon can tell you if you're a candidate for joint replacement surgery, and if so, which implant is right for your specific needs.

Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy uses tiny instruments inserted into the joint through keyhole surgery. Damaged tissue can be removed or repaired within the joint, providing relief from both pain and swelling while possibly preventing further damage.


Total Shoulder Replacement

Arthritis of the shoulder that results in pain and stiffness may necessitate a shoulder replacement. The ball end of the shoulder is replaced with a metal ball. The socket may or may not be resurfaced with plastic.

Shoulder replacement implants use metal alloys and polyethylene (plastic) to restore motion and reduce or eliminate pain. The implants are designed to create a new, smoothly functioning joint that can prevent painful bone-on-bone contact. Your surgeon may elect to replace all or part of a joint, depending on physical condition and the extent to which the joint is affected by arthritis.


Shoulder Resurfacing

Resurfacing is an alternative to total shoulder replacement.  Surgeons resurface the damaged bone and cartilage at the ends of the bones in the joint.  It is not an option for all patients and your surgeon will evaluate your situation carefully and discuss your options with you.