A total shoulder arthroplasty may be your answer to chronic shoulder pain, stiffness, and dysfunction. The orthopedic specialists at Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, provide shoulder replacement surgeries for men and women suffering from arthritis and other chronic shoulder issues. To determine if you’re a candidate, schedule a consultation by phone or the online tool today.
A shoulder replacement surgery — called a total shoulder arthroplasty — is a procedure used to repair soft tissues and replace damaged bony structures in the shoulder joint. The team performs both total shoulder arthroplasty surgeries and partial shoulder replacements, depending on your needs.
Certain conditions cause chronic pain in the shoulder — along with either instability or stiffness — that may warrant a total shoulder replacement. The following conditions may benefit from a total shoulder arthroplasty:
Depending on the extent of damage to the bones and soft tissues of your shoulder, the team may recommend surgery to reduce your pain and improve the function of your shoulder.
To determine if you’re a candidate for surgery, the team begins with a consultation and exam. They ask about your symptoms and medical history, including a history of arthritis or trauma to your shoulder. Then, you’ll go through a series of orthopedic tests to assess the function of your shoulder.
Next, the team refers you for X-rays and an MRI to evaluate the structures of your shoulder. If surgery is appropriate, the team explains the procedure and what to expect during recovery.
During your surgery, you’re first put under anesthesia. The team then performs the surgery using arthroscopy in which a tiny camera that’s placed through a small incision in your shoulder to view the inside of the joint.
Using the camera to guide the surgery, the team places miniature tools through the incision in your shoulder to remove damaged soft tissues and bone. They then place surgical implants over the exposed bone to protect it and add a smooth surface for joint movement. These implants are made of surgical-grade metals and are shaped during your surgery for improved comfort. Once the implants are secured, the team removes the tools and camera and closes the surgical incision.
After your surgery, you return home to recover. You’ll wear a sling for two to four weeks and complete a rehab plan before gradually returning to your normal activities.
To discuss treatment options for your shoulder, set up a consultation at Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic by calling or using the online tool.