Shoulder Replacement Surgery Adelaide
What is a shoulder replacement?
A shoulder replacement is when the joint surface of the shoulder is replaced by artificial bearings.
It’s similar to a total hip replacement or total knee replacement.
During a shoulder replacement we replace the:
These two new bearings glide upon each other to lubricate and protect the bones from rubbing against each other. That usually improves your shoulder movements and reduces your pain.
When might you need a shoulder replacement?
You may consider a shoulder replacement if you have:
Anatomic Shoulder Replacement
If the bones and tendons in your shoulder are still in good shape, then we can perform a standard shoulder replacement using your anatomy.
We’ll remove the damaged parts of your shoulder joint and replace them with artificial components that mimic the normal structure of your shoulder while reducing rubbing or inflammation.
Reverse Shoulder Replacement
If the tendons supporting your shoulder have been significantly damaged by a bad rotator cuff tear, then we’ll recommend a reverse shoulder replacement.
In a reverse shoulder replacement, the implants are reversed. The ball is placed where the socket should be and the socket is placed where the ball would usually be. This leads to an unusual looking x-ray and certainly is a unique design.
The initial concept was developed over thirty years ago but has only been well adopted over the last fifteen years. These implants are long-lasting and perform well.
Reverse shoulder replacements are now the most common style of shoulder replacement performed in Australia.
What are the risks of a shoulder replacement of either type?
Shoulder replacement involves risks associated with:
Despite these risks, shoulder replacements of both varieties are proving to be a good option for patients struggling with pain.
How long does a shoulder replacement last?
All shoulder replacements are entered into the Arthroplasty Register, which outlines the results of shoulder replacements. This data shows us that both standard and reverse shoulder replacements last for a similar length of time.
Are the protocols any different for reverse or anatomic shoulder placement?
No, they are not. Both shoulder replacements:
Recovery after shoulder replacement surgery
For 4-6 weeks after surgery, you’ll have limited motion in your arm while your shoulder muscles recover from surgery.
You’ll also need physiotherapy to help you regain strength and flexibility in your shoulder.
Your shoulder replacement surgeon in Adelaide
If you need a shoulder replacement surgeon you can trust, please call Glenelg Orthopaedics and book a consultation with Dr Gavin Nimon.