Shoulder Joint Replacement

The damaged shoulder joint is replaced using the shoulder joint replacement surgery. To help repair damage to shoulder caused due to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, post-traumatic arthritis, failed recent shoulder replacement surgery or vascular necrosis, the surgeon performs a shoulder joint replacement surgery.

Surgical Procedure for Shoulder Joint Replacement

An incision by the surgeon over the affected shoulder exposes the shoulder joint. The surgeon separates the humerus from the glenoid socket of the scapula to replace the damaged part of the humeral head. The surgeon prepares the socket to add artificial components conveniently. Once the socket is ready, the surgeon presses the glenoid component into the socket. The surgeon cements humeral components into the upper bone arm. The surgeon places the metal made humeral head into the humeral stern and fixes the plastic components in their place. The surgeon stitches the joint capsule together and repairs the tendons and muscles before closing the skin.

Associated Risks and Complications

These are some of the commonly associated shoulder joint replacement surgery risks.

  • Formation of the scar
  • The shoulder joints are quickly wearing because of some reason.
  • Discrepancies found in the arm length.
  • The patient is feeling irritation in the wound.
  • Deep blood clots
  • Damage to the nerves or blood vessels in the joint’s surrounding area.
  • Fracture of the scapula or humerus
  • Instability or dislocation of the implanted joint
  • Infection around the implanted joint