Is an injury or arthritis causing severe pain in your shoulder? If so, you might need a shoulder replacement. At Pinnacle Orthopaedics in McMinnville and Sparta, Tennessee, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Jeffrey Peterson, DO, and his orthopedic team offer surgery to relieve your shoulder pain and restore your joint mobility. Call the nearest office, or request a consultation online today.
Three bones make up your shoulder joint: the humerus (upper arm bone), clavicle (collarbone), and scapula (shoulder blade). They’re connected by cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Over time, your shoulder joint can wear down, or you can experience a damaging injury.
A shoulder replacement involves removing damaged tissues and resurfacing the bones within your joint. Dr. Peterson tailors different shoulder replacement methods to your particular problem.
Shoulder replacement treats conditions like:
If conservative treatments haven’t produced positive results, talk to Dr. Peterson about the long-term benefits of a shoulder replacement.
Dr. Peterson has extensive experience in shoulder replacement techniques, including:
This involves replacing your shoulder’s entire ball-and-socket joint. Dr. Peterson replaces the upper arm bone’s head with a metal ball that sits on a stem. The stem is inserted into the top of the arm bone. The prosthesis functions like your natural shoulder.
This surgery reverses the ball-and-socket joint, attaching the metal ball to your shoulder bone and implanting a socket at the top of your arm. Dr. Peterson will use this surgery if your rotator cuff is too damaged to support a traditional replacement.
This method preserves more of your natural bone and doesn’t require the metal ball to sit on a traditional stem.
This involves replacing the damaged portion of your joint while keeping the undamaged portion intact.
After your surgery, you’ll spend one to several nights in the hospital. You can expect to start light exercises with a physical therapist within a day of your surgery.
When you get home, you’ll wear a supportive arm sling to support your shoulder for 2-4 weeks. You also attend physical therapy sessions 2-4 times a week for 4-8 weeks and practice exercises at home.
You should be able to return to your daily activities within 2-3 weeks and drive after 2-4 weeks. Physical therapy allows your shoulder to heal, giving you full function within a few months.
Call the Pinnacle Orthopaedics office nearest you today or book an appointment online to determine if a shoulder replacement is right for you.