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When should I consider shoulder replacement surgery?

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

If you answer yes to any of the qualification requirements listed below, you should plan to discuss with your doctor the possibility of having shoulder replacement surgery.

  • A main qualifying factor is a 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. If you can barely move your shoulder, you are a good candidate for shoulder replacement surgery.

Most people can manage osteoarthritis pain with treatments that don't involve surgery. But surgery may be an option when you suffer from several serious conditions. 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/