Shoulder replacement surgery is a less common joint replacement than knee or hip surgeries, but the goals are the same: reduce pain and increase mobility and use. During the surgery, all or part of the shoulder joint can be replaced, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and condition.
There are several different kinds of shoulder joint prostheses available. Most are made with metal and plastic and are attached with a special type of bone cement or a “press fit” into healthy bone.
Various kinds of arthritis, shoulder injury and facture, regular wear and tear with age, and long-term effects of serious rotator cuff tears all may require shoulder replacement.Previous Page Last Review Date: January 8, 2018