When nonsurgical options like physical therapy and medication fail to relieve chronic shoulder pain, you may need shoulder replacement surgery to relieve pain and restore mobility. During the procedure, an orthopedic surgeon will remove the damaged parts of your shoulder and replace with them artificial components.
Shoulder surgeons in Denver
If you're seeking relief from chronic shoulder pain and limited movement, we can help.
Our physicians understand how shoulder pain impacts your daily routine. At OrthoONE, our orthopedic specialists in Colorado's Rocky Mountain region offer shoulder replacements to eliminate your discomfort and rebuild strength and functionality.
Conditions that may need shoulder replacement surgery
When experiencing chronic shoulder pain, it is usually best to begin treatment with nonsurgical methods. These can include anything from anti-inflammatory medications to lifestyle adjustments. If these treatments prove ineffective, your doctor may recommend surgery. For example, you may need shoulder replacement surgery if you're experiencing:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff issues
- Traumatic injuries
- Wear-and-tear injuries
Our shoulder replacement program
When you come to us for shoulder pain relief, you're coming to orthopedic shoulder specialists who explore all options to give you the best results.
Types of shoulder replacements we offer
Your shoulder is comprised of a ball (humerus bone) and a socket (glenoid). This joint is surrounded by a group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff. When the bones, socket or rotator cuff get injured or torn, it can lead to pain and loss of function. For example, if you have an overuse injury or chronic condition, your cartilage may be worn down so much that you experience painful bone-to-bone contact. To fix this, shoulder replacement surgery replaces the damaged portions of your shoulder's joint with prosthetics.
We offer surgeries that replace the ball or both the ball and the socket. No treatment plan is one-size-fits-all, so we design our strategy based on what is right for you and you alone.
Total shoulder replacement
Shoulder arthritis typically affects your entire joint. Since total shoulder replacement surgery addresses your entire joint, it is historically the most common procedure used to treat unmanageable shoulder arthritis. During the procedure, both the ball and socket are replaced, and the damaged cartilage is removed. In most instances, the ball is replaced with a metal prosthetic and the socket is replaced with plastic. We also provide alternatives to metal and plastic prostheses if you have allergies to nickel, plastic or the implant fixation product (sometimes called "bone cement").
Partial shoulder replacement
A partial shoulder replacement, or, hemiarthroplasty, is when only the head of your joint is replaced. It may be recommended when only the ball side of the joint is damaged, which is what typically occurs from an injury or acute condition. This type of procedure is usually considered if your socket is basically still in good condition.
Reverse total shoulder replacement
While a total shoulder replacement replaces the ball and socket in their current positions, a reverse total shoulder replacement places them in opposite positions. This strategy is used when certain fractures or damaged rotator cuff tendons make a standard total shoulder replacement impossible or impractical.
Our shoulder replacement specialists
Whether you are seeing our shoulder surgeons at OrthoONE at Swedish Medical Center or at OrthoONE at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, you will be treated by board-certified orthopedic surgeons who specialize in general orthopedics, sports medicine and a variety of surgical treatments, including minimally invasive procedures. With decades of experience to draw from, these surgeons provide full-service shoulder care and perform total shoulder replacements, reverse shoulder replacements, fracture treatments and rotator cuff repairs.