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Total Shoulder Replacement

The shoulder, the most flexible joint in the body, can be worn down or injured from a variety of causes and lead to immense pain and reduced mobility. A Total shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure where the damaged parts of the shoulder are replaced with metal parts. This is done primarily to alleviate joint pain and return mobility, function, and strength to the shoulder.


What doctor specializes in total shoulder replacement

At Coordinated Health, our highly trained orthopedic surgeons perform shoulder replacements.


Find a total shoulder replacement doctor near you

To locate a doctor specialized for total shoulder replacement, use Coordinated Health’s online facility locator, which is accessible at https://coordinatedhealth.com/locations/. It offers the nearest treatment centers for convenient and quality care.


When you should see a specialist for total shoulder replacement 

You may want to consider a shoulder replacement when nonsurgical options like medication and physical therapy no longer help relieve your pain. Other signs include pain after activity, loss of mobility, pain that interferes with sleep, joint stiffness after inactivity or rest and pain that increases after weather changes.


Total shoulder replacement causes and conditions

  • AC separation (acute and chronic)
  • Arthritis of the shoulder (glenohumeral arthritis)
  • Bicep tearing of shoulder
  • Clavicle fractures
  • Fractures, including glenoid (socket) and humeral head
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Labral tearing with shoulder dislocation/instability
  • Overhead throwing injuries
  • Rotator cuff impingement and bursitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Scapular dyskinesis


Experience excellence at Coordinated Health

Coordinated Health has been the region’s leader in orthopedic care for over 30 years and is the most awarded hospital in the area for orthopedics. We offer a higher surgical success rate than our competitors, a comprehensive continuum of care that includes onsite imaging, same-day appointments, and an integrated physical therapy team. In addition, both Coordinated Health hospitals offer our patients and their visitors' deluxe accommodations that include a private room, low nurse to patient ratios, made-to-order dining, and free wi-fi.


Total Shoulder Replacement Surgical Technique

Whether you receive a total shoulder or a reverse total shoulder replacement depends on your rotator cuff. If your rotator cuff is not intact or not functioning properly, a reverse total shoulder replacement is performed. 

Worn out ends of arthritic bones are removed and replaced with the implant. The glenoid cavity or socket is replaced with a plastic socket, and the humeral head or ball is replaced with a sphere attached to a humeral stem. 

The reverse total shoulder replacement surgery replaces the ball and socket; the socket is replaced with a metal sphere, and the ball is replaced with a plastic socket attached to a humeral stem. 


Total Shoulder Replacement Recovery

Most advanced pain management protocol

  • Expert use of local anesthesia for faster recovery
  • Lower risk of infection and fewer complications than other surgical hospitals in the region*
  • Dedicated rehab experts
  • Physical therapists work directly with surgeons and are with you every step of the way
  • Minimally invasive surgery, reducing pain and need for narcotics


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