The shoulder is a “ball-and-socket” joint made up of the upper arm bone, shoulder blade, and collarbone. This joint is one of the most flexible joints in the body and allows for a full range of motion, but also makes the shoulder a common source of injury and instability.
While many shoulder conditions can be effectively managed through non-surgical techniques, surgery is often needed to adequately address severe arthritis and correct the condition. Surgery can allow patients to restore an active and healthy life. Total shoulder replacement is a procedure to replace the damaged cartilage within the shoulder joint in order to relieve pain in patients with arthritis. The procedure may also be performed in patients who have rotator cuff tear arthropathy or avascular necrosis, although Dr. Davis will opt for a different approach if the glenoid bone has sustained too much damage. In some cases, Dr. Davis may only replace the ball and leave the glenoid socket untouched, especially if it is still in good condition. The implant itself may be a simple press-fit bone cap if the humeral integrity is good, but may need to use bone cement to ensure attachment if it is not in good shape.
For questions about shoulder replacement surgery or to schedule a consult with Dr. Davis, call us at (928) 772-5320 or book an appointment online through the link provided above.