Shoulder pain from conditions like arthritis can worsen to the point that Shoulder joint replacement is usually performed to relieve pain when non-surgical treatment methods have failed. At Olsen Orthodontics, our surgeon can perform shoulder joint replacement surgery if your shoulder pain has not responded to more conservative measures such as physical therapy. If you believe you could benefit from this procedure, contact our office in Oklahoma City to schedule your first appointment.
What Does Shoulder Joint Replacement Involve?
Dr. Olsen may need to replace all or part of the shoulder joint depending on the extent of damage to the area. The ball, socket or both will be replaced with a prosthesis, which will allow the shoulder to move freely again without pain.
Shoulder joint replacement surgery boasts an extremely high success rate. Within a year of their procedure, most patients report very little, if any, continuing pain in the treated area.
Who Should Consider Shoulder Joint Replacement?
Shoulder replacement surgery is typically reserved for patients who have joint damage so severe that the shoulder does not respond to physical therapy, pain medication or rest. Patients who fall into this category generally include those with advanced arthritis, a fractured joint or a rotator cuff tear. Those with arthritis tend to make especially good candidates for shoulder joint replacement surgery, as more conservative treatments cannot address the gradual loss of cartilage in the area.
In addition, you could greatly benefit from this procedure if you are experiencing one or more of the following:
- Pain that prevents you from lifting your arm or performing normal activities
- Stiffness, weakness or loss of full motion in the shoulder
- Pain that persists even when you are at rest
During your first appointment, Dr. Olsen will discuss your symptoms with you and may take an x-ray to observe the joint more closely. After determining that you are a good candidate for shoulder joint replacement, we will give you more information on what you can expect before and after surgery.
At Olsen Orthopedics, Dr. Olsen provides patients with expert care for joint problems and pain. Our services include procedures like shoulder joint replacement, which could help you finally experience relief from your shoulder problems. We serve the Oklahoma City area with personalized services designed to help you live you healthiest, most active life. Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment and find out if this procedure is right for you.