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Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Shoulder Replacement Surgery: A Closer Look

The decision to have shoulder replacement surgery should be a cooperative one between you, your family, your family physician, and your orthopaedic surgeon.


There are several reasons why your doctor may recommend shoulder replacement surgery. People who benefit from surgery often have:

  • Severe shoulder pain that interferes with everyday activities and sleeping
  • Displaced or unstable fracture in the upper arm
  • Loss of motion and/or weakness in the shoulder.
  • Failure to substantially improve with other treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, or physical therapy.


There are different types of shoulder replacements. Your surgeon will evaluate your situation carefully before making any decisions. He or she will discuss with you which type of replacement would best meet your health needs. Do not hesitate to ask what type of implant will be used in your situation, and why that choice is right for you.


Types of replacements:

  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder hemiarthroplasty
  • Reverse shoulder arthroplasty


If your orthopedic surgeon has determined that you would benefit from shoulder surgery it is important to be aware of pre-operative and post-operative instructions. Please speak with your surgeon’s nurse regarding specific instructions for before and after surgery.


For specific instructions from your surgeon, please visit the post operative page.


Helpful links regarding shoulder replacement surgeries.

Total shoulder replacement surgery       Cirugía de reemplazo total de hombro


After shoulder replacement surgery: Your hospital recovery   (en Español)

After shoulder replacement surgery: Your home recovery   (en Español)


Links to total shoulder implants:





Source and for more information: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Information on Shoulder replacement surgery in Spanish:,S,82880