Dr. Kouyoumjian is an experienced orthopedic surgeon serving the residents of Plano and Frisco, TX. He specializes in providing effective treatment for a wide range of shoulder conditions. The orthopedic surgeon utilizes advanced techniques to perform shoulder joint replacement to treat fractures, dislocations, ligament tears, Arthritis etc. 

Shoulder Joint Replacement

Shoulder joint replacement is a surgical procedure that involves substituting the damaged parts of the joint with artificial ones. Also known as Shoulder Arthroplasty, the surgery can help to treat intense pain and stiffness in the joint caused as a result advanced stage of Arthritis or other degenerative orthopedic condition. Depending upon the parts of the joint that need to be treated, shoulder joint replacement can be of two types:

  • Partial Shoulder Replacement: This procedure involves replacing only the humeral head in the shoulder.
  • Total Shoulder Replacement: In this, both the humeral head and glenoid socket are replaced with prosthetics.

Who Is a Candidate For Shoulder Joint Replacement?

The orthopedic surgeon may recommend shoulder joint replacement to the patients suffering from the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Severe shoulder fracture or dislocation
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sports injuries to the shoulder
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy
  • Loss of motion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Severe pain that obstructs daily activities
  • Failure to eliminate pain with conservative treatment options

Shoulder Joint Replacement: The Procedure

Shoulder joint replacement may be performed under the effect of a general or epidural anesthesia. During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon may make small incisions, either at the anterior or lateral oat of the joint. After this, he may remove or resurface the humeral head. In resurfacing, the humeral head is usually covered with a cap and the bone is partially removed. The orthopedic surgeon may then implant the prosthetic devices in place of humerus, glenoid or both. The implants can be made of either metal or plastic and should be chosen according the joint anatomy and functioning.

Recovery From Shoulder Joint Replacement

The patient may be recommended to restrict the movement of the shoulder joint following the surgery. This will help to provide support and avoid any jerky movements that may strain the joint. Performing certain stretching and strengthening exercises, as instructed by the physical therapist, may help you to adjust yourself to the new joint and regain its full functionality.

Benefits Of Shoulder Joint Replacement

  • Relief from acute or chronic pain in the shoulder and arm
  • Increased range of motion
  • Better participation in sports activities
  • Improved joint strength and stability

To know more about shoulder joint replacement, visit Dr. Kouyoumjian. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072 (Plano) or (214) 618 – 5502 (Frisco).