While shoulder replacements aren’t as common as knee and hip replacements, around 53,000 patients receive replacement shoulders every year. Your shoulder is a complex joint, and you use it much more than you probably think. In fact, most people don’t realize how much their shoulders do until they injure themselves or develop a degenerative condition like arthritis and can’t move their arms freely.
When you live with shoulder pain, you have a wide range of treatment options to choose from ranging from physical therapy to shoulder replacement surgery. At Austin Shoulder Institute, Benjamin Szerlip, DO, and Robert Graham, MD, offer state-of-the-art shoulder replacement surgeries including the SIMPLICITI™ Shoulder System.
Why would I need a shoulder replacement?
Shoulder replacement surgery is an effective treatment for repairing injured and damaged shoulders. Some of the most common reasons you might need a shoulder replacement include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff tear arthropathy
- Avascular necrosis
- Severe fractures
- Failed shoulder surgery
If you have severe shoulder pain that prevents you from participating in your regular activities you may need shoulder surgery. For example if you struggle with dressing yourself, reaching for items, or washing, you should schedule a consultation with the shoulder experts at Austin Shoulder Institute. Other signs that you may need a shoulder replacement surgery include shoulder pain that disrupts your sleep, lost range of motion, and weakness. Furthermore, you may also consider shoulder surgery if other treatments haven’t effectively reduced your pain or restored your mobility.
Are there different types of shoulder replacement?
The orthopedic surgeons at Austin Shoulder Institute perform a variety of shoulder replacement procedures including total shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement. Whenever possible, they use the SIMPLICITI Shoulder System, an advanced minimally invasive shoulder replacement procedure.
The SIMPLICITI Shoulder system is a stemless shoulder replacement option that uses a nucleus for stability. With other prosthetic shoulder parts, the replacement ball is attached to a stem that fits into your upper arm bone (humerus). Your surgeon needs to remove bone from your humerus to insert the stem, providing stability and support to your new shoulder. During stemless shoulder replacement, your surgeon doesn’t need to remove as much bone. Your surgeon can preserve more of your natural bone and anatomy, and the reduced bone removal helps you recover more quickly.
The SIMPLICITI Shoulder System has been FDA approved for five years. The surgeons use imaging and specialized surgical technology to plan your procedure carefully. They even run a simulation of your surgery. A simulation allows them to prepare for any potential complications, ensuring that when they replace your shoulder, the whole procedure goes smoothly.
What are the benefits of the SIMPLICITI Shoulder System?
The surgeons at Austin Shoulder Institute use the SIMPLICITI Shoulder System because of the benefits it provides to patients that culminate in improved patient outcomes. These benefits include:
- Simplified implant placement
- Reduced blood loss
- Reduced bone loss
- Less time in the operating room and under sedation
- More rapid and less painful recovery
Ultimately, the team at Austin Shoulder Institute wants to help you get back to your healthy, active, pain-free life. They’ve seen the benefits of the SIMPLICITI Shoulder System for many patients who had been living with shoulder pain for too long.
How do I know if the SIMPLICITI Shoulder System is right for me?
The surgeons at Austin Shoulder Institute offer comprehensive exams and consultations to identify the best treatments to relieve your shoulder pain. They often recommend the SIMPLICITI Shoulder System to patients who have severe or disabling shoulder pain due to arthritis. You must have a properly functioning rotator cuff and good bone quality. If you have any metal allergies or infection, your surgeon may recommend a different treatment.
If you live with severe shoulder pain that interferes with your daily activities, schedule an appointment at Austin Shoulder Institute today.
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