OrthoWashington physicians treat shoulder injuries.




Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Post-traumatic Arthritis

Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy

Avascular Necrosis (steonecrosis)

Severe Fractures

Failed Previous Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Is Shoulder Joint Replacement for You?

  • There are several reasons why your doctor may recommend shoulder replacement surgery. People who benefit from surgery often have:
  • Severe shoulder pain that interferes with everyday activities, such as reaching into a cabinet, dressing, toileting, and washing.
  • Moderate to severe pain while resting. This pain may be severe enough to prevent a good night’s sleep.
  • Loss of motion and/or weakness in the shoulder.
  • Failure to substantially improve with other treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, or physical therapy.

Orthopaedic Evaluation

  • A medical history. Your orthopaedic surgeon will gather information about your general health and ask you about the extent of your shoulder pain and your ability to function.
  • A physical examination. This will assess shoulder motion, stability, and strength.
  • X-rays. These images help to determine the extent of damage in your shoulder. They can show loss of the normal joint space between bones, flattening or irregularity in the shape of the bone, bone spurs, and loose pieces of cartilage or bone that may be floating inside the joint.
  • Other tests. Occasionally blood tests, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, or a bone scan may be needed to determine the condition of the bone and soft tissues of your shoulder.

Shoulder Replacement Options

Total Shoulder Replacement

  • The glenoid has good cartilage
  • The glenoid bone is severely deficient
  • The rotator cuff tendons are irreparably torn

Stemmed Hemiarthroplasty

Resurfacing Hemiarthroplasty

  • The glenoid still has an intact cartilage surface
  • There has been no fresh fracture of the humeral neck or head
  • There is a desire to preserve humeral bone

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

  • An x-ray of a reverse total shoulder replacement.
  • Completely torn rotator cuffs with severe arm weakness
  • The effects of severe arthritis and rotator cuff tearing (cuff tear arthropathy)
  • Had a previous shoulder replacement that failed



Prosthesis Problems

Nerve Injury

Preparing for Surgery

Medical Evaluation


  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium
  • Most arthritis medications

Home Planning

Your Surgery

Before Your Operation

Surgical Procedure


Pain Management


Your Recovery At Home

Do’s and Don’ts



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