If you have shoulder pain and require surgery, you’ll want someone who is an expert in shoulder surgery. At the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, Florida, our orthopedic surgeons have the expertise and training to treat many different musculoskeletal conditions that can affect the shoulder such as arthritis, rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, and more.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made up of three main bones:
- Humerus (upper arm bone)
- Shoulder blade (scapula)
- Clavicle (collarbone)
The top of the humerus (humeral head) acts as the “ball” of the joint and sits within the glenoid, a shallow “socket” located on the scapula. Outlining the glenoid is a soft, fibrous tissue known as the labrum. The labrum stabilizes the shoulder joint and deepens the socket to allow the humeral head to fit in it more comfortably. The rotator cuff, a network of muscles and tendons, secures the joint and controls movement of the arm and shoulder.
Common Types of Shoulder Surgeries
The most commonly performed shoulder surgeries include:
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive method used to investigate and treat a variety of problems associated with joints. During the procedure, a small incision is made near the joint, and an arthroscope (a tiny, hollow, and flexible tube with a light and camera) is inserted into the joint.
A shoulder arthroscopy – commonly called a “shoulder scope” – may be used to address:
- Bone spurs
- Frozen shoulder
- Infection or inflammation
- Labral tears
- Ligament tears
- Loose pieces of bone or cartilage
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- Shoulder instability and recurrent dislocation
- Tendon tears
In traditional shoulder replacement surgery, damaged bone and soft tissue are removed from the shoulder joint and replaced with prosthetic parts meant to mimic the function of your natural shoulder movements.
During this procedure, the “ball” of the humerus is removed and replaced with a metal ball attached to a stem, which is inserted down the center of the upper arm bone. The glenoid, or “socket,” is resurfaced to remove any damaged pieces of bone or other tissue and capped with a prosthetic socket. The new artificial parts will be able to smoothly glide against each other for pain-free arm and shoulder movement.
A traditional shoulder replacement is an effective treatment option for patients suffering from severe shoulder pain due to arthritis – but not all patients are good candidates for this type of surgery. Patients with a combination of shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff damage may instead be candidates for reverse total shoulder treatment.
A reverse shoulder replacement is when the position of the “ball” and “socket” in the shoulder joint are reversed. It is best suited for patients with significant rotator cuff damage. Switching the location of the ball and socket allows the shoulder to bypass the faulty rotator cuff and rely instead on the deltoid muscle to power arm and shoulder movements.
During this procedure, a prosthetic “ball” is surgically placed at the shoulder blade, and an artificial “socket” is surgically created atop the upper arm bone.
Suffering from Shoulder Pain? Contact Our Orthopedic Surgeons in Naples, FL
Say goodbye to shoulder pain, once and for all. Consult the shoulder surgery experts at the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, Florida, to find out what type of treatment is best for you. Call (239) 261-2663 or request an appointment now.