Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Austin Shoulder Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Shoulder Specialists located in North Austin, Austin, TX & Austin, Cedar Park, TX

Shoulder arthritis or other joint trauma can significantly affect your quality of life. Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip are skilled in advanced shoulder replacement techniques, including both minimally-invasive approaches and traditional techniques, so patients in North Austin, Round Rock and Cedar Park, TX, can have the the most appropriate care for their needs.

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

Why is shoulder replacement surgery performed?

Shoulder replacement surgery is performed to replace a shoulder joint that has become damaged by disease or trauma. Most shoulder replacement surgeries are performed as a result of:

  • damage due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

  • trauma from a fall, sports injury or car accident

  • severe shoulder fractures that cannot be repaired with more conservative approaches

  • necrosis, a condition that develops when the blood supply to the joint is disrupted and tissue death occurs

  • damage that develops in the joint following a surgery

What is total shoulder replacement?

Total shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces the entire shoulder joint, including the “ball” at the end of the arm bone and the socket the ball rests in. The ball portion of the artificial joint features a long extension or arm that's designed to fit inside your arm bone. During the procedure, the socket is smoothed and covered with a plastic or metal cover to facilitate smooth motion when the joint is moved. Shoulder surgery can be performed arthroscopically using a few small incisions, or it may be performed using traditional “open” incision techniques.

What is reverse shoulder replacement?

Reverse shoulder replacement is a type of shoulder replacement surgery that's used in patients with a kind of shoulder arthritis called cuff tear arthropathy, which results in damage to the rotator cuff. In a normal shoulder replacement, the rotator cuff muscles and tendons are used to operate the new joint. But in people with damaged rotator cuffs, a normal shoulder replacement can result in pain and limited range of motion. In a reverse shoulder replacement, the deltoid muscles on the back of the shoulder are employed instead of the rotator cuff to move the joint and the arm.

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