Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Jupiter, FL

Each year, more than 53,000 Americans receive a shoulder replacement. Thanks to advanced tools and treatment techniques, shoulder replacements are safe, ease pain, and restore overall arm mobility. At Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Jupiter, Florida, Dr. Van Sice and Dr. McVicker use minimally invasive surgery to conduct shoulder replacements. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online or call the office today.

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What are shoulder replacements?

Shoulder replacements are a type of orthopedic surgery that treats shoulder pain and shoulder-related injury. 

During a shoulder replacement procedure, your surgeon carefully removes damaged pieces of your shoulder joint and surrounding tissues and replaces them with artificial components (prosthesis).

There are several types of shoulder replacement surgery. Depending on your symptoms, your surgeon might recommend replacing the head of your humerus bone (ball), or they might recommend replacing the ball and socket altogether (glenoid).

What conditions can shoulder replacements treat?

Shoulder replacements can ease pain and instability caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tear arthropathy
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Failed shoulder surgery

You might also benefit from a shoulder replacement if you experience a severe fracture due to a sports or work-related injury.

What are the types of shoulder replacement?

Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine offers several types of shoulder replacement, including:

Stemmed hemiarthroplasty

Stemmed hemiarthroplasty replaces the ball of your shoulder joint. During this type of shoulder replacement, your surgeon makes several small incisions, removes the damaged ball, and replaces it with a metal prosthesis. The procedure is minimally invasive and outpatient, meaning you can return home afterward.

Resurfacing hemiarthroplasty

If there’s only slight damage to the ball of your shoulder joint, you might benefit from resurfacing hemiarthroplasty. During this type of shoulder replacement, your surgeon replaces the joint surface of the humeral head with a cap-like prosthesis. That preserves your humerus bone, allowing for a greater range of motion.

Reverse total shoulder replacement

If you have a severe shoulder injury and other types of shoulder surgery failed, you might benefit from a reverse total shoulder replacement. 

During this type of surgery, your provider attaches a metal ball to your shoulder bone and a plastic socket to your upper arm bone. That makes it possible for your deltoid muscle to serve as a replacement for a torn or damaged rotator cuff.

Is a shoulder replacement right for me?

The qualified orthopedic surgeons at Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine can determine if shoulder replacement is right for you. 

During the initial consultation, your provider reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a physical. They also take X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at your shoulder joint and surrounding structures.

If your shoulder pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatments like ice and rest, or it interferes with your ability to perform routine tasks like brushing your teeth or taking a shower, you probably benefit from a shoulder replacement.

Don’t let shoulder pain prevent you from living a healthy, active lifestyle. To learn more about shoulder replacements, schedule an appointment at Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.