TOTAL SHOULDER REPLACEMENT SURGERY

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ABOUT SHOULDER REPLACEMENT SURGERY

“Total shoulder replacement surgery is an option when there is close to bone-on-bone arthritis between the ‘ball’ and ‘socket.’ The goal of surgery is to eliminate pain while improving mobility and function.” – Dr. Vic Goradia

When it comes to shoulder pain, Dr. Goradia doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. He evaluates all options: repair, replacement, outpatient surgery and nonsurgical treatment options for each patient to ensure every patient receives the absolute best treatment plan for their case. These personalized treatment plans allow G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to treat a variety of shoulder injuries such as:

With a brand new Outpatient Shoulder Replacement Program, patients at G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine now have the option, when recommended by Dr. Goradia, to benefit from same-day surgery. The entire process takes place at the hospital or surgery center, and patients can be safely discharged home on the same day as surgery without requiring admittance to a hospital.

WHEN TO CONSIDER SHOULDER REPLACEMENT

There are many cases in which a total shoulder replacement can be avoided with the use of modern technology. However, there are certain circumstances that may require a replacement to restore your arm and shoulder to their proper function and mobility. At your consultation with Dr. Goradia at G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, our team of nationally recognized professionals will ensure that every option, surgical and nonsurgical, is explored before the decision to perform a shoulder replacement is made.

Conditions that may need a shoulder replacement include but are not limited to:

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DEGENERATIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE SHOULDER

This condition, also known as shoulder arthritis, is the most common reason many patients require a shoulder replacement. The arthritis occurs between the ball and the socket, forcing the bones of the shoulder to grind together, causing pain and reduced mobility of the arm.

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MASSIVE ROTATOR CUFF TEAR THAT CAN’T BE REPAIRED COMBINED WITH SHOULDER ARTHRITIS

A massive rotator cuff tear, also known as rotator cuff arthropathy, affects the group of muscles and tendons that attach to the outer part of the “ball” of your shoulder. In most cases the rotator cuff tears slowly over a period of years and gradually pulls away from its normal attachment. Over time, scar tissue and arthritis may develop to the point that the patient begins noticing pain and weakness in the shoulder.

In the event of a massive tear, the rotator cuff cannot be repaired due to how far it has pulled away from its proper position, the amount of scar tissue and the shrinking of the muscle (atrophy) making true restoration of the rotator cuff impossible. In this case, a reverse total shoulder replacement may be necessary to reduce pain and improve the use of the arm. More information on Reverse Shoulder Replacements can be found here.

TYPES OF SHOULDER REPLACEMENT

Depending on the nature and severity of your injury or arthritis, Dr. Goradia may recommend one of many different forms of shoulder replacement surgery. To learn which treatment method may be best for you, a full consultation with Dr. Goradia at G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will be necessary.

However, the most common types of shoulder replacements are as follows:

Partial shoulder replacement, wherein only the “ball” or humeral head needs to be replaced

Shoulder resurfacing, performed when younger, very active patients have cartilage worn down to the bone on the “ball” but not the “socket,” also known as the glenoid

Total shoulder replacement, needed when the cartilage is worn down on both the “ball” and the “socket” (i.e. osteoarthritis of the shoulder)

Reverse total shoulder replacement, where the “ball” and “socket” are placed in opposite positions, allowing for mobility in the shoulder even without an operational rotator cuff

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For more information on G2’s treatment options for shoulder injuries, continue browsing our website for other procedures or contact us directly at 804-678-9000 or request an appointment online. Whether you’re a recreational athlete, injured worker or simply an individual looking for a second professional opinion on your injury and treatment options, Dr. Goradia is passionate about providing each patient with the quality of care given to professional athletes. Call or visit us today to set up your first appointment with our nationally-recognized care team.

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