Shoulder replacement surgery in Nashville, Tennessee

Shoulder replacement surgery can relieve joint pain and help you get back to enjoying an active life. The caring surgical staff at TriStar Health hospitals are happy to help and answer your questions. We will also explain what type of implant will be used and why it is the best option for you.

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The orthopedic surgeons at our hospitals may recommend surgery if your shoulder pain and symptoms do not respond to other treatments, such as medicine or physical therapy. During the surgery, your doctor will replace the damaged shoulder joint with a prosthesis (artificial joint).

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Types of shoulder replacement

Your shoulder surgeon will evaluate your condition carefully. They will recommend the best type of replacement surgery to help you achieve pain relief and regain mobility. Options involve either replacing just the ball of the humerus bone (the long upper arm bone) or replacing both the ball and the shoulder socket.

Total shoulder replacement

During total shoulder replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon typically replaces the shoulder joint surfaces. A plastic socket replaces the shoulder socket, and a smooth metal ball attached to a stem is inserted. The artificial ball and stem connect the shoulder bone and joint.

Partial shoulder replacement

During partial replacement surgery, a surgeon may only replace the ball of the 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 shoulder socket) is replaced. However, this procedure doe not replace the shoulder socket.

Reverse shoulder replacement

During reverse shoulder replacement, an artificial ball is placed onto the shoulder joint rather than the top of the humerus. A humeral cap is then added to the top of the 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