Procedures > Orthopedics / Shoulder Replacement Surgery
The human shoulder is made up of three bones: the clavicle, the scapula, and the humerus, as well as associated muscles, ligaments and tendons. When there’s pain and loss of function or when medicines and other treatments no longer relieve pain, shoulder replacement surgery may be an option to solve the condition. The best way to diagnose this condition is to use X-rays to look at the bones and cartilage in your shoulder to see whether they are damaged and to make sure that the pain isn't coming from somewhere else. In shoulder replacement surgery, our doctors replace the ends of the damaged upper arm bone (humerus) and usually the shoulder bone (scapula) with artificial surfaces lined with plastic or metal and plastic. Shoulder joint components may either be held in place with cement or they may be made with material that allows new bone to grow into the joint component over time to hold it in place without cement.