When is shoulder replacement surgery recommended?

Your doctor may recommend shoulder replacement surgery if you have bone-on-bone arthritis with pain or dysfunction that is having a significant impact on your quality of life and other nonsurgical treatments haven’t helped.

Dr. Erik N. Zeegen, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Shoulder replacement surgery is recommended when there is advanced glenohumeral osteoarthritis that has not responded to nonsurgical modalities, including physical therapy, weight loss, activity modifications, over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and injection therapy when indicated.

Shoulder replacement surgery generally alleviates the pain and improves range of motion. In people with massive rotator cuff tears, patients can undergo what is called a reverse total shoulder replacement, which can dramatically improve mobility.

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