Though shoulder joint replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain.
Shoulder replacement surgery for shoulder fractures was first performed in the United States in the 1950s. Over the last decade, shoulder joint replacement is being used to treat many other painful conditions of the shoulder.
As shoulder joint
is a non-weight bearing joint, the inclination for getting it replaced is not very high amongst patients. But if the shoulder joint is severely damaged due to arthritis, fractures or severe rotator cuff arthropathy, shoulder replacement is an ideal surgery to regain the normal and pain-free movements of the shoulder joint.
In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components, called prosthesis. The treatment options are either replacement of only the head of the humerus bone (ball), or replacement of both the ball and the socket (glenoid).