If you're considering shoulder replacement surgery, our team of shoulder experts will perform a physical exam, imaging tests and review your medical history to determine if you're a candidate for the surgery.
Generally, patients are considered for a shoulder replacement if one or more of the following are present:
- Stiffness in the shoulder joint is marked and significantly limits range of motion of the arm
- Functional limitations restrict work, recreation and activities of daily living
- Pain is not relieved by conservative methods of treatment, such as injections, medications or therapy
- X-rays show advanced arthritis or other problems
Additional factors may be considered during your visit to evaluate your candidacy for shoulder replacement surgery.
This procedure is not restricted to age.
While most shoulder replacement surgery patients are between the ages of 60 and 80, patients outside that range may qualify. More consideration is given to the patient's symptoms, the cause of the shoulder pain or discomfort and whether more conservative treatments have worked.
Cause of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder replacement is typically performed on patients who suffer from:
- Osteoarthritis or post-traumatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff tear arthropathy
- Severe fractures
- Failed previous shoulder replacement surgery
Interference with Daily Life
Most candidates for shoulder replacement surgery are experiencing pain, weakness, stiffness or discomfort that interferes with everyday life. This can include limited ability to perform daily tasks without assistance, like taking a shower, getting dressed or using the restroom. If you're experiencing these symptoms, you may be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery.
Response to Other Treatments
Patients who are strong candidates for shoulder replacement surgery have explored other options, such as medication or physical therapy, and have not found relief.
If you're interesting in learning more about shoulder replacement surgery and if you might be a candidate, please call us at (720) 460-2565.