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Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

There are several different types of shoulder replacement surgeries. The usual total shoulder replacement involves replacing the arthritic joint surfaces with a highly polished metal ball attached to a stem and a plastic socket.

When Is Total Shoulder Replacement Used?

Patients with bone-on-bone osteoarthritis and intact rotator cuff tendons are generally good candidates for conventional total shoulder replacement.

Depending on the condition of the shoulder, your surgeon may replace only the ball. Sometimes, this decision is made in the operating room at the time of the surgery. Some surgeons replace the ball when it is severely fractured and the socket is normal.

To learn more about this procedure, call 678-312-5000.