Total Shoulder Replacement (Arthroplasty)
What are the Treatment Options?
Circumstances vary, but generally, patients are considered for total joint replacement if:
- Functional limitations restrict not only work and recreation, but also the ordinary activities of daily living
- Pain is not relieved by more conservative methods of treatment — such as medications (including but not limited to, cortisone or steroid injections and other anti-inflammatories) and physical therapy — and/or by restricting activities
- Stiffness in the joint is marked and, in the shoulder, significantly limits range of motion of the arm
- X-rays show advanced arthritis or other problems
Advancements in Shoulder Replacement
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re considering or preparing for shoulder surgery. But don't worry — because shoulder replacement has been proven to relieve severe shoulder pain and restore function in the vast majority of patients.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, approximately 23,000 people have shoulder replacement surgery each year. Shoulder problems may arise because of injury to the soft tissues of the shoulder, overuse or underuse of the shoulder, or even damage to the tissues. Shoulder problems result in pain, which may be localized to the joint or travel to areas around the shoulder or down the arm.
Advancements in the design of shoulder prostheses allow the potential for you to restore your range of motion. Developed with patient comfort in mind, the Solar® Shoulder is designed for a more natural feel throughout the range of motion.
The Solar® Shoulder is designed to replicate the natural anatomy of the patient and help provide you with maximum range of motion so you can get back to the activities you enjoy.*
Your orthopedic surgeon will be happy to answer your questions so that you’ll feel comfortable and confident with your chosen treatment plan.
Click here to read more about what to expect when you undergo total shoulder replacement at OrthoKansas.