If you are experiencing shoulder pain and the loss of mobility of your arm that cannot be relieved by medication or physical therapy, you may be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery.
There are many factors that can cause shoulder pain, including the age-related “wear and tear” of osteoarthritis, an injury such as a fracture or rotator cuff tear or another condition such as rheumatoid arthritis that may require surgery to relieve this pain.
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint made up of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. The muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder provide stability and support, and all of these structures work together to allow the shoulder to rotate through a greater range of motion. In a shoulder replacement procedure, the surgeon replaces the damaged bone and cartilage in the joint with an implant made of ceramic and plastic. Your surgeon at Yuma Regional Medical Center will carefully assess your situation and determine which type of procedure will be best for you, whether it is traditional shoulder replacement surgery or a technique called reverse shoulder replacement.
In a traditional shoulder replacement procedure, the surgeon replaces the head of the upper arm bone with a highly polished metal ball, and a plastic implant is used to replace the socket of the shoulder blade.
Reverse shoulder replacement has revolutionized the treatment of massive rotator cuff tears. The unique procedure reverses the anatomy of the shoulder so that the ball is attached to the shoulder blade and the socket is placed on top of the upper arm bone. By reversing the normal anatomy, the deltoid muscle, one of the stronger shoulder muscles, is given the ability to raise the arm.
The shoulder system used by the surgeons at Yuma Regional Medical Center is the next generation in reverse shoulder prosthesis, offering unmatched flexibility. Most candidates for shoulder replacement are in extreme pain, have almost no shoulder flexibility and have tried various treatment options, oftentimes including primary shoulder replacement. Reverse shoulder replacement is designed to alleviate their pain and improve mobility so they can return to performing the activities of daily living.