When nonsurgical options like physical therapy and medication fail to relieve chronic shoulder pain, you may need shoulder replacement surgery to relieve pain and restore mobility. During the procedure, an orthopedic surgeon will remove the damaged parts of your shoulder and replace with them artificial components.
Shoulder replacement surgery in Nashville, Tennessee, and Bowling Green, Kentucky
We can relieve pain and get you back to living fully with shoulder replacement surgery.
TriStar Health's surgeons will explain your options to find the best treatment for you. If possible, we use noninvasive methods to treat pain. We also offer partial and total joint shoulder replacement.
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Our shoulder replacement surgery services
Your shoulder surgeon will evaluate your condition carefully and recommend the best type of replacement surgery to help you achieve pain relief and regain mobility.
Shoulder replacement surgeries we offer
Our surgery options involve either replacing just the ball of your humerus bone (the long upper arm bone) or replacing both your ball and the shoulder socket.
Total shoulder replacement
During total shoulder replacement surgery, our orthopedic surgeon typically replaces your shoulder joint surfaces. A plastic socket replaces your shoulder socket, and a smooth metal ball attached to a stem is inserted. The artificial ball and stem connect your shoulder bone and joint.
Partial shoulder replacement
During partial replacement surgery, a surgeon may only replace the ball of your humerus with a metal ball and stem. Like a total shoulder replacement, the ball at the top of your arm (where the bone connects to the socket) is replaced. However, in this procedure not we do not replace your shoulder socket — just the ball and stem.
Reverse shoulder replacement
During reverse shoulder replacement, an artificial ball is placed onto your shoulder joint rather than the top of your humerus. A humeral cap is then added to the top of your arm. The ball fits into the cap, forming the artificial joint.
Reverse shoulder replacement is most often used for:
- Patients with severe arthritis
- Patients whose previous shoulder replacement failed
- Patients with completely torn rotator cuffs and severe arm weakness
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