Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement located in Kansas City, MO

If advanced arthritis or severe trauma causes shoulder pain that persists despite treatment, it may be time to consider shoulder replacement surgery. The highly-trained surgeons at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, specialize in shoulder replacement. They understand what a large decision joint replacement can be, so they take time to walk you through every aspect of the process. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more about shoulder replacement.

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What is a shoulder replacement?

Though less common than other joint replacement procedures, like a knee or hip replacement, shoulder replacement surgery is just as successful when it comes to relieving pain and improving function. This procedure involves removing damaged parts of your shoulder joint and replacing them with artificial parts. 

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, similar to your hip. The head of your upper arm bone (humerus) fits into a shallow, cup-shaped socket in your shoulder blade. During a shoulder replacement, your Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine surgeon may remove only the ball (humeral head) or the entire ball and socket. 

Why would I need a shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement is major surgery and never the first line of treatment. You may be a candidate for a shoulder replacement if you continue to suffer from debilitating shoulder pain and restricted mobility after trying more conservative treatments, like physical therapy and medications. 

The team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine uses shoulder replacement surgery to help people find relief from a variety of conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis)
  • Posttraumatic arthritis
  • Rotator cuff arthropathy
  • Severe shoulder fractures

The Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team knows that the decision to get a shoulder replacement is a big one. They explain the procedure from start to finish and make sure you feel as comfortable and confident as possible about your choice.

What should I expect from a shoulder replacement procedure?

First, your Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine surgeon carefully reviews your medical history and performs a comprehensive physical exam to make sure shoulder replacement is right for you. They may take tests such as X-rays and blood tests. 

Then, they develop an individualized surgical plan based on your specific needs. Shoulder replacement surgery takes place in the hospital while you’re under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about two hours, but time may vary depending on the complexity of your surgery. 

Most people go home on the first, second, or third day after shoulder replacement surgery. You begin physical therapy shortly after your procedure but may need help with daily tasks for the first two to four weeks, as your arm will be immobilized in a sling.

We proudly serve the greater Kansas City area. If you’re thinking about getting a shoulder replacement, call Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, or book an appointment online today.