When patients have experienced deterioration or injury to their shoulder, they may find themselves attending physical therapy on a regular basis to help in regaining function and range of motion. However, there are times when a patient may not benefit from these more conservative treatment options. At Orthopedic Associates of Long Island, our professionals often find that patients with severe issue that are not responsive to traditional techniques may still be in need of a more invasive solution such as shoulder replacement.
What happens during shoulder replacement surgery?
The professionals at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island may recommend shoulder replacement surgery for patients who do not improve in their condition with physical therapy, medications, and other treatment solutions. It is a last resort option, but can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life. during the shoulder replacement surgery, the orthopedic surgeon removes the ball of the shoulder joint and uses a metal stem and joint to form a new shoulder joint. The shoulder section is lined with either metal or ceramic to create a new socket for the stem and joint to fit into. There may be times that a plastic liner is placed in the socket as a way to ensure that the new joint moves smoothly when completed.
Who is a good candidate for shoulder replacement surgery?
Not everyone is a good fit for this procedure. This is why patients should work routinely with an orthopedic provider to determine when it is the right time to move forward with surgery. Patients who might want to ask about this option include those who:
- Find they are limited in their everyday activities due to shoulder pain
- Cannot manage pain with over-the-counter medications
- Give up activities they enjoy because of their shoulder pain
- Have not found resolution with physical therapy, cortisone injections, or other treatments that are more conservative in nature
Are you considering shoulder replacement surgery?
Contact our orthopedic providers at any one of our several office locations throughout the area of Long Island, including practices in the areas of Patchogue, Riverhead, Wading River, and West Babylon. Call the main office number at (631) 689-6698 to request a consultation visit at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island.