Common Conditions Leading to Shoulder Replacement
The need for a Shoulder Replacement can come from a variety of sources. If you often find yourself feeling pain or discomfort in your shoulder, you are not alone. Shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons to seek orthopedic care. Whether you have been experiencing occasional discomfort or constant pain, a shoulder doctor at AOSMI can get to the bottom of your problem. While your condition may not require surgery, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the process in case it is.
The most common causes of shoulder pain leading to minimally invasive shoulder replacement include:
Non-Operative Treatments for a Shoulder Injury
Shoulder injury treatment depends on the type of problem. For most types of shoulder pain, nonsurgical treatment can be a solution, removing the need for shoulder joint replacement surgery, including:
The Advantages of Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery
Traditionally, shoulder replacement surgery involved large incisions by shoulder replacement surgeons, significant blood loss, long hospital stays and long rehabilitation. With mini-incision or minimally invasive shoulder replacement surgery combined with new techniques in pain management and anesthesia, AOSMI’s shoulder replacement surgeons can do wonders for your pain and discomfort, including:
Materials for Shoulder Replacement Surgery
The materials used for shoulder replacement surgery vary. Typically, a shoulder replacement has a cobalt chrome head and a polyethylene glenoid surface. The stem can be made of titanium or cobalt chrome, and may have trabecular metal on it. While most shoulder replacements are placed in a cementless fashion, bone cement can be used as well. Reverse shoulder replacements usually have a press-fit cementless glenoid component, and the humeral component is similar to standard shoulder replacement.
Navigation (computer assistance) for joint replacement surgery has been proven to increase surgical accuracy and precision in making bone cuts and placing components. It is expected to yield longer lasting shoulder replacements with less need for revision or repeat surgery.
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