Shoulder pain is common at many stages of life. Young athletes can suffer a shoulder injury during a sports match or playing too rough during recess. Other young people may be suffering from juvenile arthritis in the shoulder. Many older people have shoulder pain due to injuries from accidents. In addition, many older people have shoulder pain because of a variety of arthritis strains that can HAPPEN with old age.
You may be wrestling with the idea of shoulder replacement because you are a worker who needs to work. Shoulder replacement brings with it possible hope, but it also brings with it, the risk of surgery, possibility of complications, surgical recovery and rehab time. For some, the problem with the surgery is not the surgery itself, it is the rehabilitation and the downtime away from exercise, physical activity, and sports involvement.
No, it’s not, despite what has been reported about a study published in The BMJ. We asked experienced shoulder surgeons to comment on the study methodology, the results, and the generalizability of the findings.
Although traditional shoulder replacement has been effective for many patients over the years, the struggle has always been for younger patients and patients over 60 years of age that are still extremely active. With conventional shoulder replacement a lot of bone must be taken or resected.
Provo folks on Medicare receive shoulder replacements at 10 times the rate of their cousins in snowy Syracuse, N.Y., according to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which studies geographic variation in medical treatments.
That’s just one reason Medicare costs are climbing here and in other frugal spending areas of the country, as Kaiser Health News explains.
Just like any surgery, there is always the chance for complications due to undergoing surgery. Be sure you have a clear understanding of what those complications might be for you.
The number of shoulder replacement surgeries has skyrocketed across the United States as technology improves and aging Baby Boomers seek to relieve pain and restore function to arthritic shoulders.
When it comes to facing shoulder surgery, there is often a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding the procedures for a patient. This lack of understanding can lead patients to feel extremely uncertain about the procedure they are facing and can leave patients feeling like their options are extremely limited.
Numerous types of shoulder surgeries are available. Three of the most common are total shoulder joint replacement surgery, partial shoulder replacement surgery and reverse shoulder replacement.
Shoulder replacements have been around longer than one might think. Beginning in the 1800s, the first prosthetic shoulder arthroplasty was performed by a French surgeon named Jules Emile Pean. This shoulder replacement involved the use of platinum and rubber.
Since 1985 reverse total shoulder replacement has been successfully used across the world. Europe has led the way with this procedure and the knowledge of these past procedures has been used to continually improve shoulder surgery for people across the globe.
Don’t let misconceptions and common myths dissuade you from seeing your local orthopedic surgeon to discuss your shoulder replacement options. There are many myths floating around out there that make many people think they are too young for an arthroscopic shoulder surgery, that the circumstances aren’t right, or that the replacement shoulder will feel unnatural and uncomfortable. Keep reading to learn the truth about shoulder replacement surgery.
Dr. Kovack not only provides established surgical procedures for common shoulder, elbow, and knee problems, but is one of the few orthopedic surgeons offering the latest advanced techniques such as total shoulder resurfacing, arthroscopic biologic shoulder replacement, biologic patches for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, and robotic-assisted knee replacement.
Although shoulder joint replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain.
Shoulder replacement surgery was first performed in the United States in the 1950s to treat severe shoulder fractures. Over the years, shoulder joint replacement has come to be used for many other painful conditions of the shoulder, such as different forms of arthritis.
Anatomical Total Shoulder Replacement. This is the most common form of shoulder replacement and involves attaching a plastic lining to the socket to allow smooth movement. The surgeon removes the top of the arm bone and inserts a metal stem with a ball on the end.
For total shoulder replacement, the round end of your arm bone will be replaced with an artificial stem that has a rounded metal head (ball). The socket part (glenoid) of your shoulder blade will be replaced with a smooth plastic lining (socket) that will be held in place with special cement. If only 1 of these 2 bones needs to be replaced, the surgery is called a partial shoulder replacement, or a hemiarthroplasty.