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Shoulder Replacement Surgeon

Shoulder replacement surgeons provide surgical care for people with shoulder arthritis and other shoulder conditions. Total shoulder replacement is the most common and successful surgical treatment for shoulder arthritis. HSS Florida brings the world-renowned shoulder replacement surgical techniques and practices of Hospital for Special Surgery close to home for South Florida residents.

Shoulder replacement surgeons at HSS Florida in West Palm Beach.

Shoulder replacement surgery is used primarily to treat osteoarthritis of the shoulder. It is sometimes also recommended for people who have:

  • a severely fractured or improperly growing shoulder
  • complications from rheumatoid arthritis
  • avascular necrosis
  • other serious shoulder injuries and conditions

The shoulder surgeons at HSS Florida focus exclusively on shoulder and sports injuries and conditions. They are also experts in minimally invasive surgery. These options include computer-assisted navigation and robotic techniques. This highly specialized focus leads to better outcomes for people seeking relief from the pain and stiffness of shoulder osteoarthritis.

How Shoulder Replacement Works

The shoulder joint is composed of three bones:

  • the clavicle (collarbone)
  • the scapula (shoulder blade)
  • the top of the humerus (upper arm bone), known as the humeral head

The humeral head, shaped like a ball, fits into a cup-shaped socket on the outer side of the shoulder blade called the glenoid cavity. Cartilage and other soft tissues surround and connect these bones to ensure free and smooth movement in the joint. When these tissues are damaged by injury or wear down over time, they become rough. This causes pain and stiffness that makes it increasingly difficult to move the arm and perform routine activities. This condition, osteoarthritis, slowly destroys the joint.

In a total shoulder replacement, small portions of the humerus, shoulder blade and surrounding soft tissues are removed. Artificial implants (prostheses) are put in place to restore movement and relieve the pain of shoulder arthritis. People who have arthritic damage that does not affect the entire joint may get relief from other procedures, such as partial shoulder replacement or shoulder resurfacing.

A different type of surgery called reverse shoulder replacement is commonly performed for people with arthritis who have also had a severely torn rotator cuff. Over time, this injury can lead to a condition called rotator cuff tear arthropathy. In a reverse shoulder replacement, the natural ball of the humeral head is replaced with a cup-like prosthesis, while the natural socket of the glenoid cavity is replaced with an artificial ball-like implant. This reverse design allows the deltoid muscle, rather than the damaged rotator cuff, to stabilize and mobilize the joint. The procedure is sometimes also used as a revision surgery in people for whom a conventional shoulder replacement has not adequately treated their pain or mobility concerns.

When to See a Shoulder Replacement Surgeon

Depending on the severity of your condition, there are nonsurgical treatments that may address your shoulder pain. These include:

  • reducing activity that causes pain
  • pain medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • physical therapy
  • Cox-2 inhibitors
  • corticosteroid injections

If you have these arthritis symptoms, you should meet with a shoulder surgeon to learn whether shoulder replacement is right for you:

  • severe shoulder pain that is not relieved by medications such as ibuprofen
  • pain that interferes with your work, sleep or everyday activities

Shoulder Replacement Expertise at HSS Florida

Hospital for Special Surgery has been ranked No. 1 for orthopedics in the United States for 11 straight years. Our shoulder and sports medicine surgeons have dedicated their careers to relieving pain, improving function and restoring quality of life for their patients. The HSS physicians and surgeons of HSS Florida in West Palm Beach bring the hallmark care and surgical best practices of HSS to the Greater Miami area.

Each HSS Florida physician is highly specialized in the fields of sports medicine, physiatry or orthopedics. These specializations give you access to world-renowned musculoskeletal expertise to help reduce your pain, improve function and mobility and restore your quality of life. If you are currently experiencing shoulder pain, or if your primary care doctor has recommended you consult a specialist to explore treatments for your shoulder arthritis, rotator cuff tear or other shoulder problem, find the best doctor at HSS Florida for your particular condition.