The right procedure for you will depend on your age, level of activity, and the severity and type of your shoulder arthritis.
Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. In this approach, the arthritic ball and socket are removed and replaced with a metal-and-plastic shoulder joint. Duke shoulder surgeons have extensive experience performing this procedure, which has been in use for more than 30 years.
Total shoulder replacement can be performed with or without a stem that fits inside the humerus bone. If you have good bone density, a stemless total shoulder can often be used.
Total shoulder replacement can be performed for osteoarthritis (the kind that develops due to wear and tear) or rheumatoid arthritis. You must have a normally functioning rotator cuff to have this surgery.
Partial Shoulder Replacement
People who want to continue very heavy lifting or who only have damage to one side of the joint may be candidates for this approach, which replaces only the ball of the joint.