Shoulder Replacement

Omaha Shoulder Replacement Animation by Dr. Darren Keiser MD

Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Learn about Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Omaha, Ne

shoulder replacementAlthough shoulder replacement is less common than hip or knee replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain.

Shoulder replacement surgery was first performed in the United States in the 1950s to treat severe shoulder fractures. Over the years, shoulder joint replacement has come to be used for many other painful conditions of the shoulder, such as different forms of arthritis.

Today, about 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder replacement surgery each year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This compares to more than 900,000 Americans a year who have knee and hip replacement surgery.

If nonsurgical treatments like medications and activity changes are no longer helpful for relieving pain, you may want to consider shoulder joint replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain and help you resume everyday activities.

Whether you have just begun exploring treatment options or have already decided to have shoulder replacement surgery, this article will help you understand more about this valuable procedure.

Description

Description of Shoulder Replacement

In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components, called a prosthesis. The treatment options are either replacement of just the head of the humerus bone (ball), or replacement of both the ball and the socket (glenoid).

Causes

Causes of Shoulder Replacement

Several conditions can cause shoulder pain and disability, and lead patients to consider surgery.

> Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)

> Rheumatoid Arthritis

> Post-traumatic Arthritis

> Rotator Cuff Tear Arthroscopy

> Severe Fractures

> Failed Previous Surgery

Decision

Decision for Shoulder Replacement

The decision to have shoulder replacement surgery should be a cooperative one between you, your family, your family physician, and your orthopaedic surgeon. There are several reasons why your doctor may recommend surgery.

People who benefit from shoulder surgery often have:

> Severe shoulder pain that interferes with everyday activities, such as reaching into a cabinet, dressing, toileting, and washing.

> Moderate to severe pain while resting. This pain may be severe enough to prevent a good night’s sleep.

> Loss of motion and/or weakness in the shoulder.

> Failure to substantially improve with other treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, or therapy.

**Call the office of Dr. Darren Keiser to set up an appointment & learn if shoulder replacement surgery is right for you.