Shoulder replacement surgery
Shoulder surgeons at Duke’s nationally ranked orthopaedic program perform more shoulder replacement surgeries than any other center in the Southeast. Our proven method helps relieve severe shoulder pain, and can correct problems caused by previous unsuccessful shoulder replacement. Our goal is to get you back to being pain-free and enjoying life as soon as possible.
Duke is a national leader in shoulder replacement
Shoulder replacement surgery may be an option you want to consider if you experience severe shoulder pain due to arthritis, a shoulder fracture or significant tears in the rotator cuff — the muscles and tendons that power your shoulder. When pain limits your everyday activities, such as dressing and bathing, or if discomfort prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep, our shoulder specialists will work with you to reduce your pain and improve your function.
- Our experience means you have options. Our surgeons develop and test the most advanced shoulder prostheses available. And, many centers refer their most challenging cases to us. Our expertise ensures you get the best available care and a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
- Get better faster with specialized physical therapy. Our certified physical therapists provide therapy specific to shoulder injury and specialize in treating injury associated with a particular sport or activity.
- Benefit from our team approach. Your care team — shoulder surgeons, reconstructive plastic surgeons, physical therapists, radiologists and orthopaedic nurses — works together to ease your pain and restore your function.
- Highly specialized team of surgeons Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons have received special training in joint replacement. Our orthopaedic program is consistently ranked as one of the top in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
SHOULDER REPLACEMENT SURGERY
Shoulder replacement surgery, also called shoulder arthroplasty, relieves the pain caused by arthritis or degenerative joint disease by replacing part or all of the shoulder joint’s ball, stem and socket with a prosthesis. The new joint components may be held in place with cement or materials that allow new bone to grow into the joint over time.
If you have an irreparable rotator cuff tear, or if you have had unsuccessful shoulder replacement surgery elsewhere, you may be a candidate for this procedure, which relies on the deltoid muscle, instead of the rotator cuff, to power and position the arm.
Duke is well-known for treating patients seeking improvement after a previous unsuccessful total shoulder replacement, and we receive patient referrals for revision surgeries from centers across the nation.