Shoulder Replacement

Every year, more than 100,000 Americans have shoulder replacement surgery. 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 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?

Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip may recommend shoulder replacement surgery if you have painful, limited function that gets in the way of your ability to perform everyday tasks comfortably or wakes you up at night. 

For example, your surgeon may suggest shoulder replacement surgery if you aren’t getting the pain relief you need from medication, injections or physical therapy. The surgeons may also propose shoulder replacement if you have suffered from shoulder fractures, or when the muscles that aid the shoulder’s movement (the rotator cuff) are torn or severely damaged. 

Dr. Szerlip and Dr. Graham evaluate your condition and determine if a shoulder replacement is right for you. In addition to a physical exam, your surgeon may order an X-ray, MRI, or a CT scan to diagnose arthritis or another chronic problem and determine the best type of shoulder replacement surgery to meet your needs.

What are my shoulder replacement options?

The two most common types of shoulder replacement are:

  • Primary Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Both types replace the total shoulder joint. This means that Dr. Graham or Dr. Szerlip replace the damaged parts of both the ball and socket of your shoulder joint. The major differences between the two types are the position of the implants and the muscle groups used for movement after surgery.

What happens during a shoulder replacement?

During a shoulder replacement, your surgeon replaces the ball (humeral head) of the shoulder joint with a smooth, rounded metal head. They also replace the socket (glenoid) with a smooth, round plastic cup that fits the rounded metal head. Total shoulder replacement recreates the natural ball and socket anatomy of your shoulder joint. Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip may recommend shoulder replacement if you have arthritis of the shoulder joint and a healthy, intact rotator cuff.

If you’re concerned about chronic shoulder pain or have been advised that you need shoulder replacement, call Austin Shoulder Institute or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your surgical options.