Total Shoulder Replacement at OrthoKansas
Shoulder problems may occur due to damage or injury to the soft tissues of the shoulder, overuse or underuse of the shoulder, resulting in pain and weakness. Shoulder replacement surgery has proven to relieve severe shoulder pain and restore function in the vast majority of patients.
Am I a candidate for shoulder replacement?
Patients are generally considered as potential candidates for shoulder replacement surgery if:
- Functional limitations restrict work, play and routine daily activities
- Pain isn’t relieved by conservative treatment including reduced activity, medication or physical therapy
- Stiffness in the joint is marked and significantly limits the arm’s range of motion
- X-rays that show advanced arthritis or other degenerative problems
What are the risks of surgery?
The complication rate following shoulder replacement surgery is very low. Serious complications occur in less than 2% of patients. As with any major medical procedure, patients are at risk of complications including:
- Implant wear and loosening
- Nerve injury
How long will my recovery be?
To learn what to expect with your shoulder replacement surgery, download our Total Shoulder Replacement Education Manual (pdf).
Meet your team
OrthoKansas – a regional destination for progressive, multidisciplinary orthopedic care – is your partner for comprehensive, state-of-the-art musculoskeletal care. Turn to the experts in our Total Joint Replacement program for innovative, personalized care close to home, from providers you trust. We’re dedicated to returning you to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.
Douglass Stull, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedics, and Sports Medicine
Learn more about Dr. Douglass Stull and the team that cares for you (pdf).