Total Shoulder Replacement

Depending on the underlying cause of your shoulder arthritis, you may be a candidate for a type of shoulder replacement.

Reasons to consider shoulder replacement surgery.

Depending on the underlying cause of your shoulder arthritis, you may be a candidate for a type of shoulder replacement. The type of procedures performed at Hofmann Arthritis Institute include:

  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Hemiarthroplasty (replace humeral head or “ball” only)
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

There are several reasons to consider shoulder replacement surgery. Patients who benefit from surgery often have:

Severe shoulder pain from arthritis that interferes with everyday activities, such as reaching into a cabinet, dressing, toileting, and washing.

Moderate to severe pain while resting. This pain may be severe enough to prevent a good night’s sleep.

Loss of motion and/or weakness in the shoulder.

Failure to substantially improve with other treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, or physical therapy.

If you’re experiencing the inability to get dressed on your own, moderate to severe pain while resting, loss of motion and weakness in your shoulder, and continued pain after taking anti-inflammatory medications, shoulder replacement surgery may be an option for you.

If the pain in your shoulder is constant, but therapy and other treatment options offer no relief, your doctor may suggest shoulder replacement surgery.

You might be candidate for shoulder replacement if nonoperative treatment measures have failed and the pain is making it difficult to participate in normal activities. There are risks involved with any surgery, so please check with a surgeon before undergoing any surgical treatment.