Osteoarthritis of the shoulder can cause weakness, stiffness, and for many, debilitating pain. It often affects the older adult population and is the result of the natural aging process, wear and tear, and for some, the ongoing degeneration of the joint following a previous injury. It can take years for the disease process to advance to a level that leads to pain severe enough to warrant replacement surgery. However, once all non-operative and joint preserving options have been exhausted, replacement surgery is often recommended and has a proven tract record for improving pain and restoring function. Shoulder surgeon, Dr. Robert Boykin specializes in shoulder replacement surgery for patients in Asheville, Arden and Fletcher, North Carolina.
What is a Shoulder Replacement?
Shoulder replacement surgery, also known as total shoulder arthroplasty, has changed the lives of thousands of patients who suffer from chronic shoulder pain and osteoarthritis. A joint replacement procedure (arthroplasty) is a surgery that replaces the ends of the bones of the damaged joint. During the procedure, the degenerated cartilage and bone of the shoulder joint are replaced with metal and plastic components. These components allow for a smooth, pain free motion of the joint. If a patient has experienced severe rotator cuff injuries that led to the arthritis, a reverse total shoulder replacement approach will be recommended over the traditional shoulder replacement surgery.