Shoulder Joint Replacement

Approximately 23,000 American have shoulder replacement surgery each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Total shoulder replacement, also referred to as total shoulder arthroplasty, is a type of joint surgery used to treat severe pain and stiffness that is often caused by degenerative joint disease or a form of arthritis. The most common types of arthritis that lead to the needs for a joint replacement surgery are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis

A total shoulder replacement will help relieve pain, restore motion, strength, function, and help patients get back to their normal activities as soon as possible. Normally, this type of surgery isn’t recommended for patients who solely have shoulder pain. An individual who is generally considered for a total shoulder replacement surgery has the following:

  • Functional limitations at work and recreation
  • Unrelieved pain from conservative treatments ie medication and physical therapy
  • Persisting stiffness in the shoulder joint
  • Developing arthritis or other conditions

At Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists, we believe in providing all the possible treatment options to each and every one of our patients. Before considering surgical intervention, we will first recommend conservative treatment. Advancements in technology have made it possible for traditional surgeries to become minimally invasive.

One of the most newsworthy advancements in shoulder replacement surgery is called The Solar Shoulder. Designed to replicate the natural structure and function of the patient’s shoulder, this technology provides a maximum range of motion and a quicker recovery time.

Dr. Martin, one of Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists’ highly trained surgeons, is an expert in shoulder, elbow, and knee arthroscopic surgery. Meet the other doctors of Arizona Bone and joint by visiting

If you or someone you know has persisting joint pain that has not been relieved with medication or physical therapy, call and schedule an appointment today. Our professional medical staff practices expertise and precision for all of our patients.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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