replacement is less common than knee and hip replacement but is just as
successful in relieving joint pain. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket
joint. Total shoulder replacement surgery generally includes replacing the joint surface with a highly polished metal ball attached to a stem and a plastic socket.
Saint Thomas Health has become a leader in shoulder
replacement by caring for more patients with a focus on high-quality
care. Our shoulder replacement surgeons
have studied with pioneers from leading-edge medical centers. They have
also helped develop instrumentation for surgery and rehabilitation
protocols for patients undergoing shoulder replacement.
Reverse shoulder replacement is also available from Saint Thomas
Health and is ideal for those who may have a completely torn
rotator cuff and the effects of severe arthritis or a previous shoulder
replacement that has failed. A new joint is created. The socket goes
where the ball was and the ball where the socket was to re-establish the
mechanical advantage to the remaining muscle. The procedure helps
relieve pain and restore mobility.
To better understand surgical treatment options for the shoulder, call 615.284.BONE (2663).