Anatomic Shoulder Replacement
by Mr Ben Gooding
What Is An Anatomic Shoulder Replacement?
Anatomic shoulder replacement is an operation designed to replace the shoulder joint damaged by arthritis or injury.
If the tendons around the shoulder are badly damaged then it may not be possible to perform an anatomic shoulder replacement and a different type of replacement called a Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement may be required. Click here for information on that type of shoulder replacement.
There are two main types of anatomic shoulder replacement. A ‘total shoulder replacement’ where the ball and socket are both replaced, and a ‘hemiarthroplasty’ where only the ball is replaced.
Artificial anatomic shoulder joints and are designed to mimic the normal anatomy of your shoulder as much as possible. The replacement of the ball (humeral head) is often made of metal and may include a stem inside the bone. The socket (glenoid) replacement is made from a specially designed plastic.
Shoulder replacement is done as an ‘open’ operation, which will leave a scar about 7-10cms in length along the front of your shoulder, along the bra (or vest) strap line. During your operation we will examine your shoulder joint.