Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Shoulder Joint Replacement
Shoulder replacement surgery is a procedure used to alleviate pain when other, noninvasive treatments fail.
In total shoulder replacement surgery, the surfaces of your shoulder joint—which are made of bone covered with cartilage—are replaced with artificial ball-and-socket implants. Shoulder joint replacement is less common than hip or knee replacement, but it is just as successful in relieving your joint pain caused by:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Post-traumatic arthritis
- Severe fractures
Orthopedic surgeons at Aurora Health Care who specialize in total shoulder replacement surgery are part of a coordinated team of professionals providing you care. After surgery, a well-planned rehabilitation program is critical to your successful shoulder replacement. Our therapists perform a comprehensive evaluation in which they evaluate your posture, range of motion, functional movement, pain at rest and with activity, and strength. They work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific goals.
Most shoulder replacement surgery patients are able to perform simple activities such as eating, dressing and grooming within two weeks after surgery. Many thousands of patients have experienced an improved quality of life after total shoulder replacement surgery. They experience less pain, improved motion and strength, and better function.
Learn more about the procedure by viewing a shoulder replacement surgery video.