Shoulder Replacement Surgery

25 times more shoulder replacement surgeries than the national average

Aurora BayCare is a high volume surgery center for shoulder replacement. hennigan surgery

If arthritis has damaged or destroyed your shoulder joint, we can replace it with a new ball and socket. A total shoulder replacement can alleviate your shoulder pain and allow you to return to your favorite activities.

Patients with bone-on-bone osteoarthritis and intact rotator cuff tendons are generally good candidates for a conventional shoulder replacement. A typical shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing part of the upper arm bone (humerus) and shoulder blade (scapula) with a ball and socket prosthesis.

Alternately, your surgeon may recommend capping your arm bone and shoulder blade with artificial surfaces lined with plastic or metal. If your shoulder socket is in normal condition, your surgeon may recommend replacing only the ball portion of the joint.

While there are various surgical options for a shoulder replacement, the main idea is to replace the damaged surfaces of your bones.

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Reverse total shoulder replacement, using a reverse ball-and-socket prosthesis, is a relatively new procedure for patients with severe shoulder damage. Reverse total shoulder surgery may be considered if you have arthritis in the joint, along with extensive muscle and tendon tears. A reverse shoulder replacement may also be recommended if a previous shoulder replacement has been unsuccessful. 

In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the ball and socket are reversed. This means the metal ball is attached to your shoulder bone and a plastic socket is attached to your upper arm bone. By reversing the way this joint works, you can lift your arm using your deltoid muscle instead of your rotator cuff.

Aurora BayCare is the only provider in Northeast Wisconsin offering reverse total shoulder replacement.

Choosing Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Deciding to have shoulder replacement surgery is a personal decision you should make with advice from your orthopedic surgeon. You doctor may recommend shoulder replacement surgery if:

  • You have severe shoulder pain that interferes with common, everyday activities
  • Your shoulder pain interferes with your ability to get a good night’s rest
  • Your shoulder pain isn’t responding to other treatments such as injections or physical therapy
  • You’re experiencing weakness or loss of motion in your shoulder

Shoulder replacement surgery is a highly specialized operation and should only be performed by an experienced surgical team. According to the AAOS, the average orthopedic surgeon performs just three shoulder replacements per year.  At Aurora BayCare, we do more than double that volume each month.

After Surgery

A shoulder replacement is a complex procedure that requires a prolonged rehabilitation process. However, when patients are motivated and follow the recommended program, they can generally return to activities like golf, basketball and swimming with little difficulty.

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