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What Is Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Roughly 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder replacement surgery each year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Originally, this type of orthopedic surgery was designed specifically for shoulder fractures, but now is also preformed by orthopedic surgeons for treating severe arthritis as well.

When non-surgical treatments have failed to provide relief, Dr. Madsen can preform this surgery using the most cutting edge and minimally invasive techniques to speed recovery time and promote a healthy way of life.

During the procedure, the damaged parts of the joint are removed and replaced with prosthesis. Depending upon the level of the injury either the head of the humerus bone (the ball) is removed, or both the ball and socket are replaced (A total shoulder replacement).

doctor talking to patient with arm pain

Types of Shoulder Replacement Surgeries

  • Total Replacement: The replacement of both the ball and socket of the shoulder
  • Stemmed Hemiarthroplasty: The replacement of only the ball of the joint
  • Resurfacing Hemiarthroplasty: Replaces just the joint surface of the humeral head
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement: In reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket and metal ball are switched. That means a metal ball is attached to the shoulder bone and a plastic socket is attached to the upper arm bone. This allows the patient to use the deltoid muscle instead of the torn rotator cuff to lift the arm.

What to Expect During Surgery

Shoulder replacement surgery is a highly technical procedure. Dr. Madsen will be able to perform the surgery with extreme precision and care. Anesthesia is provided and the procedure typically takes about 2 hours. 

Recovering from Surgery

Dr. Madsen will carefully construct a well-thought-out rehabilitation program that is essential to the success of the operation. Following surgery, a physical therapist will begin to provide an exercise program to assist in strengthening and improving the flexibility of the shoulder.

Follow Up Care

It is vital that patients make and go to all appointments and keep in contact with Dr. Madsen, especially if problems arise. It is also a good idea for the patient to know the test results and keep a list of the medicines prescribed.

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