Shoulder arthritis or other joint trauma can significantly affect your quality of life. Robert Graham, MD, and Benjamin Szerlip, DO are skilled in advanced shoulder replacement techniques, including both minimally-invasive approaches and traditional surgeries, so patients in North Austin, Round Rock and Cedar Park, Texas, can have the most appropriate care for their needs. If you live with chronic shoulder pain, call Austin Shoulder Institute or schedule a consultation online today.
Why would I need a shoulder replacement?
The orthopedic surgeons at Austin Shoulder Institute perform shoulder replacement surgery to restore a shoulder joint that has become damaged by disease or trauma. The most common reasons for a shoulder replacement include:
- Damage due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Trauma from a fall, sports injury or car accident
- Severe shoulder fractures that cannot be repaired with more conservative approaches
- Necrosis, a condition that develops when the blood supply to the joint is disrupted, and tissue death occurs
- Post-surgical scarring or damage
What are my shoulder replacement options?
Partial shoulder replacement involves replacing part of your shoulder. For example, if arthritis has caused severe damage to the head of your humerus and glenoid, your surgeon may only replace those parts of your shoulder.
Total shoulder replacement involves your entire shoulder joint, including the “ball” at the end of the arm bone and the socket the ball rests in, your clavicle, and some of the connective tissues.
In a reverse shoulder replacement, your surgeon replaces your shoulder in part or full, but reconstructs your shoulder, so the support and movement comes from your deltoid muscles instead of your rotator cuff.
What happens during a shoulder replacement?
Whenever possible, Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip use minimally invasive surgical techniques to replace your shoulder. During the procedure, your surgeon smooths both the ball and socket parts of your shoulder and covers it with a plastic or metal to facilitate painless motion. If you need a total shoulder replacement, your surgeon removes the damaged parts of your shoulder and replaces them with prosthetic made of medical-grade plastic or titanium.