There are many ways to treat the pain caused by arthritis. One way is total shoulder replacement surgery. The decision to have total shoulder replacement surgery should be made very carefully after consulting with Doctor Biehl and learning as much as you can about the shoulder joint, arthritis, and the surgery. In total shoulder replacement surgery, the ball and socket that have been damaged by arthritis are removed and replaced with artificial parts made of metal and a very durable plastic material. We call these artificial parts "implants." These implants are shaped so that the shoulder joint will move in a way that is very similar to the way the joint moved when it was healthy.
Over the years, this surgery has come to be used for many other painful conditions of the shoulder. These include:
Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
Rotator cuff tear arthropathy (a combination of severe arthritis and a massive non-reparable rotator cuff tendon tear)
Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis)
Failed previous shoulder replacement surgery.