When should I consider shoulder replacement surgery?

To determine if you need shoulder replacement surgery is to see a qualified orthopedic surgeon. However, in the meantime, use the information below to grade your condition.

If you answer yes to one or more of the qualifying factors listed here, you should plan to talk seriously with your orthopedic physician about the possibility of shoulder replacement surgery.

  • A main qualifying factor is pain in the shoulder. Due to the arthritic tear and wear occurring in the shoulder, the compromised cartilage may be subjecting the joint to a painful bone-on-bone interaction that can only be corrected by total joint replacement.
  • Another factor involved is the need to restore motion. Lack of mobility in the shoulder makes you a good candidate for shoulder replacement surgery.

Several conditions may drive patients to consider shoulder replacement surgery. Some of the common ones are arthritis of the shoulder joint, fractures and rotator cuff tear.

Disclaimer: We do not assume responsibility for the use of the provided information or its interpretation. Our efforts are towards providing current and reliable information; however these should not be considered, or used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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