Shoulder Replacement

Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand and Upper Extremity located in Fredericksburg, TX & Boerne, TX

About 53,000 people in the United States undergo shoulder replacement surgery each year to relieve shoulder pain and restore shoulder function. The expert team at Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Fredericksburg and Boerne, Texas, specializes in shoulder replacement surgery. They take a patient-centered approach toward care and develop individualized surgical plans that provide the best outcomes. To schedule your shoulder replacement consultation, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What is a shoulder replacement?

A shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces damaged portions of your shoulder joint with prosthetic devices. 

Though not as common as knee and hip replacement surgery, shoulder replacement has successfully helped tens of thousands of people get relief from their debilitating shoulder pain. 

The team at Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine are leaders in orthopedic surgery and use innovative tools and techniques to perform shoulder replacement surgery.

Am I a candidate for a shoulder replacement?

Your orthopedic surgeon at Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine determines if you’re a candidate for shoulder replacement after a consultation. You may be a good candidate if you have severe shoulder pain that limits your daily activities. 

The orthopedic surgeons typically only recommend shoulder replacement when conservative treatments, such as medication and physical therapy, fail to provide pain relief. 

The orthopedic surgeons at Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine can perform shoulder replacement surgery to treat arthritis, severe fractures, rotator cuff arthropathy, and avascular necrosis (death of bone cells due to lack of blood supply).  

How does shoulder replacement work?

There are a couple of options in shoulder replacement surgery. Depending on how much damage occurs in your shoulder joint, and also on the specific location of that damage, your surgeon can replace some or all of the joint.

Total shoulder replacement

A total shoulder replacement involves removing the damaged surfaces in your joint and restoring them with a plastic socket and a metal ball that fits into the socket. If you have severe rotator cuff damage, your surgeon may perform a reverse total shoulder replacement, in which they swap the ball and socket positions. 

Partial shoulder replacement

There are a few types of partial shoulder replacements. In a stemmed hemiarthroplasty, your surgeon replaces the ball and stem but not the socket. Another option is resurfacing hemiarthroplasty, in which your surgeon replaces only the cap of the humeral head but not the stem. 

The Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine surgeons use the most advanced techniques to give you the best results with all types of shoulder replacement. 

How long is recovery following a shoulder replacement?

Full recovery from shoulder replacement surgery may take 6-12 months. Your orthopedic surgeon at Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provides specific guidelines, including physical therapy, to support your recovery. 

To schedule your shoulder replacement consultation, call the team at Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine or request an appointment online today.